The Informer (1935)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Release Date - May 9, 1935 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Informer was a box-office dud for John Ford, but it brought him his first Best Director Oscar and remains one of the most studied films of its era. The pathos created by the convincing performance of Victor McLaglen is made all the more intense by Ford's sensitive direction and Max Steiner's emotional score. Filmed in black-and-white and taking place mostly at night, The Informer creates an effective atmosphere of desperation, as the sadness of the story takes hold on the audience, especially since the Irish struggle for independence remains a powerful current-day theme.