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With: Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford, Una O'Connor
Written by: Dudley Nichols, based on a story by Liam O'Flaherty
Directed by: John Ford
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 91
Date: 30/04/1935

The Informer (1935)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

With The Informer (1935) John Ford won his first of four Best Director Oscars. Likewise, Victor McLaughlin won Best Actor as Gypo Nolan, a down-on-his-luck Irish hood who turns in his best friend for a 20-pound reward.

The film's gorgeous black-and-white cinematography -- with its streams of fog and sparkling cobblestones -- gave audiences a new glimpse as to the potential artistry of cinema. After seeing this film, Jean Renoir reportedly once said, "I learned so much today ... I learned how to not move my camera."

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