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Jamaica Inn (1939)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Crime  |  13 October 1939 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Horace Hodges ...
Sir Humphrey's Butler
Mary - Joss Merlyn's Niece
Hay Petrie ...
Sir Humphrey's Groom
Frederick Piper ...
Sir Humphrey's Agent
Emlyn Williams ...
Harry the Peddler - Sir Humphrey's Gang
Herbert Lomas ...
Sir Humphrey's Tenant
Clare Greet ...
Sir Humphrey's Tenant
William Devlin ...
Sir Humphrey's Tenant
Jeanne De Casalis ...
Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Jeanne de Casalis)
Mabel Terry-Lewis ...
Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Bromley Davenport)
George Curzon ...
Sir Humphrey's Friend
Basil Radford ...
Sir Humphrey's Friend


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 <>

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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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In an interview with François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock said about this film, "Although it became a box-office hit, I'm still unhappy over it." It made a profit of $3.7 million. See more »


In the scene where Jem and Sir Humphrey are tied up, the chain that connects the two sides of Sir Humphrey's cloak is high on his chest in some shots and right below his chin on other shots. See more »


[first lines]
Captain: Can you make out the beacon light?
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A classic for Laughton fans
24 May 2001 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

While this picture is not one of Hitchcock's more memorable pieces, it is nevertheless well worth a look simply to view the acting genius of Charles Laughton. The man is larger than life as the revolting yet oddly fascinating Sir Humphrey and provides the audience with far more insight into the character than a lesser actor might have done. This is not simply a one-dimensional villain that we are so used to seeing in British movies of this period. In addition to a superb reading of the script, Laughton is clearly ad-libbing in various scenes, further breaking down hitherto scrupulously maintained boundaries between audience and actor. I urge anyone who is weary of today's usual line-up of blockbuster big names to observe a true master at work and wonder where it all went wrong!

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