The Informer (1929 film)

The Informer is a 1929 British part-talkie drama film directed by Arthur Robison and starring Lya De Putti, Lars Hanson, Warwick Ward and Carl Harbord. The picture was based on the novel The Informer by Liam O'Flaherty. In the film, a man betrays his best friend, a member of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, to the authorities and is then pursued by the other members of the organisation.[1] The later, better known, remake The Informer (1935) was directed by John Ford.

The Informer
Directed byArthur Robison
Written byLiam O'Flaherty (novel)
Benn W. Levy
Rolf E. Vanloo
StarringLya De Putti
Lars Hanson
Warwick Ward
Carl Harbord
Music byHubert Bath
Harry Stafford
CinematographyWerner Brandes
Theodor Sparkuhl
Edited byEmile de Ruelle
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
17 October 1929
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film was made at Elstree Studios by British International Pictures as the sound revolution was taking place. The film was made with a soundtrack, sound effects and talking scenes. A fully silent version was also released. Robison was one of a number of Germans engaged to work in the British Film Industry following the Film Act of 1927, which stimulated the British film industry by requiring exhibitors to show a minimim percentage of British films.



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