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Jamaica Inn (1939)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime | 13 October 1939 (USA)
In Cornwall in 1819, 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 ...
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Hay Petrie ...
Frederick Piper ...
Davis - Sir Humphrey's Agent
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Herbert Lomas ...
Dowland - Sir Humphrey's Tenant
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Granny Tremarney - Sir Humphrey's Tenant
William Devlin ...
Burdkin - Sir Humphrey's Tenant
Jeanne De Casalis ...
Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Jeanne de Casalis)
Mabel Terry-Lewis ...
Lady Beston - Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Ringwood - Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Bromley Davenport)
George Curzon ...
Captain Murray - Sir Humphrey's Friend
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Lord George - Sir Humphrey's Friend
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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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13 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La posada maldita  »

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| (Ontario)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock made no cameo appearance in this movie. See more »

Goofs

A wave comes up, about to crash over the left side of the ship (in the opening scene). In the next shot, the wave is coming from behind. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain: Can you make out the beacon light?
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Crazy Credits

This is a film adaptation of the Cornish opera "The Wreckers" (1906) by Ethel Smyth, minus the music. See more »

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Rousing
11 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If it weren't for the cinematography we wouldn't recognize Hitchcock. He must have liked Daphne DuMaurier, using the Birds and Rebecca later. This is just a pretty confusing, pedestrian film, with some great actors. The story is, however, quite bland. It involves the arrival of a beautiful young woman at the evil Jamaica Inn. The inn is the hiding place for a band of pirates who lure ships unto the rocks,murder the crew, and pillage. The head of the organization is Charles Laughton at his pompous, window, Henry VIII best. He is in control of every scene, overacting and winking at the audience. The young woman is caught up in her trust for this man, and finds herself in his clutches by the end of the movie. The rest of the band, including Robert Newton (A-a-a-r) from Treasure Island are quite photogenic. It's an OK movie but just a little too much to swallow. I had always been curious with it and am investigating the Hitchcock films I had never seen.


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