MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 598 this week

Jamaica Inn (1939)

Passed  -  Adventure | Crime  -  13 October 1939 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 5,485 users  
Reviews: 68 user | 36 critic

In Cornwall, around 1800, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 25 Oct 2010
 
a list of 25 titles
created 06 May 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Jamaica Inn" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Jamaica Inn (1939)

Jamaica Inn (1939) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Jamaica Inn.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The 39 Steps (1935)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim
The Lodger (1927)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: June, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
I Confess (1953)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Refusing to give into police investigators' questions of suspicion, due to the seal of confession, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden
Lifeboat (1944)
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body...

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn
Topaz (1969)
Certificate: M Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon
The Wrong Man (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle
Torn Curtain (1966)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova
Family Plot (1976)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris
Spellbound (1945)
Film-Noir | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Kentucky hills a store keeper tries to win the love of an innocent schoolteacher. She runs away and seeks refuge with a hermit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Bernhard Goetzke, Nita Naldi, Malcolm Keen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Horace Hodges ...
...
Mary - Joss Merlyn's 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 ...
Basil Radford ...
Leslie Banks ...
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

inn | ship | cornwall | orphan | shipwreck | See All (94) »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La posada maldita  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Alfred Hitchcock was unhappy with the script of this film and Charles Laughton's performance, still he experimented on this film just like The Lady Vanishes. Just like his previous film The Lady Vanishes (1938), Jamaica Inn (1939) has background music only at the beginning and the end of this film. Alfred Hitchcock and Cinematography Harry Stradling gave darker cinematography for this film in order to make it very atmospheric. Harry Stradling later worked with Alfred Hitchcock in films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) and Suspicion (1941). See more »

Goofs

When Jem is talking to Sir Humphrey's servants to ask where he is, there are no shadows on his back in shots from far away but during the close-ups, there are many shadows of tree branches on his back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain: Can you make out the beacon light?
See more »

Crazy Credits

and introducing Maureen O'Hara See more »

Connections

References David Copperfield (1935) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
No Bad Clergymen in America
9 January 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

According to Maureen O'Hara's memoirs, Alfred Hitchcock never liked to do period costume pieces, he felt those were not suitable to his particular talents. But he did this one for Daphne Du Maurier because he wanted to film Du Maurier's Rebecca later on. Which as we all know Hitchcock did and was very successful.

There are elements of Jamaica Inn that certainly might have appealed to Hitchcock. Maureen O'Hara arrives at the Jamaica Inn on Great Britain's Cornwall coast to stay with her aunt. The Inn however is the headquarters for a gang that wrecks ships on the coast, kills everyone on board and steals the cargo. Leslie Banks is the head of the group there. We also have a Georgian dandy in the person of Charles Laughton who has a lascivious eye for Maureen O'Hara. He's not what he appears to be. The whole idea of this innocent among the cutthroats not knowing who to trust would definitely have appealed to Hitchcock.

The original novel had Laughton's character as a hypocritical parson, but for American distribution his character was changed to a local nobleman. The Hays office forbade a man of the cloth be shown in such a light.

Parson or nobleman unfortunately Hitchcock did not rein in Laughton. In this particular film, he's just too hammy. Then again he was the co-producer of this so no one was in a position to tell him anything.

O'Hara credits Laughton for launching her career. He brought her to America right after this and had RKO sign her to play Esmerelda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A far better film than Jamaica Inn.

Robert Newton and Emlyn Williams have roles of substance here as well. Jamaica Inn might be worth a look.


34 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where was Hitchcock in this film? apedone
Has anyone been to Jamaica Inn? Firefly2105
ATMOSPHERIC! bushrod56
Watch this online AgiaFotia
It may not be his .. hohi101
and the seymour version? rosevearm
Discuss Jamaica Inn (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?