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Jamaica Inn (1939)

Passed  -  Adventure | Crime  -  13 October 1939 (USA)
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In Cornwall, around 1800, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Horace Hodges ...
His Butler
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Mary - His Niece
Hay Petrie ...
His Groom
Frederick Piper ...
His Agent
Emlyn Williams ...
Harry the Pedlar - Sir Humphrey's Gang
Herbert Lomas ...
His Tenant
Clare Greet ...
His Tenant
William Devlin ...
His Tenant
Jeanne De Casalis ...
His Friend (as Jeanne de Casalis)
Mabel Terry-Lewis ...
His Friend (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
A. Bromley Davenport ...
His Friend (as Bromley Davenport)
George Curzon ...
His Friend
Basil Radford ...
His Friend
Leslie Banks ...
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Storyline

Set in Cornwall where a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are the landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realizes that her uncle's inn is the base of a gang of ship wreckers who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. The girl starts fearing for her life. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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Adventure | Crime

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Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La posada maldita  »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Hitchcock/Pia Lindstrom interview (1972), Alfred Hitchcock said that it took one full morning to get one closeup of Charles Laughton in Jamaica Inn. Alfred Hitchcock also said this about Charles Laughton while working with him in Jamaica Inn - "He (Charles Laughton) was a nice man. A Charming man. He really was. But Oh! He suffered so much, because he felt he couldn't get it out. And we were whole morning on the one closeup until he got up. And he was crying in the corner. And I went over and patted him on the shoulder." See more »

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...OK until you read the book
28 September 2004 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw Hitchcock's 'Jamaica Inn'. I had heard so many bad things about the movie and the fact that it seemed to have been made on the cheap and in a hurry so Hitch could do a runner to Hollywood. I really liked this movie - I thought the lovely Maureen O'Hara made a very spirited Mary Yellan and Leslie Banks was great as her hulking bully of an Uncle, Joss. While not as technically inventive as some of Hitchcock's other work before or since, I felt it was made with care and presented a realistic, gloomy atmosphere of doom with its endless night time scenes and constant soundtrack of howling winds and crashing waves.

And then I read the book...

Du Maurier's novel was so different as to bear no relation whatever to Hitchcock's film. The book was intense, gritty, dark and very moody. Mary Yellan was written almost as she is presented on screen with her sharp, Irish wits but Joss is a much more tortured, boorish animal than he is in the film. Also, the character played by Charles Laughton is absent in the book - or at least Laughton's incarnation is. The squire in the book is one of the good guys and features very little. The film of 'Jamaica Inn' may as well be called the Charles Laughton Show so as to give the actor every chance to overact.

See the film if you are a Hitchcock fan and enjoy it for what it is but if you've read and enjoyed the book, my advice would be to steer clear!


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