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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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inn | ship | cornwall | orphan | shipwreck | See more »

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Adventure | Crime

Certificate:

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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

Was reportedly one of Alfred Hitchcock's most unhappy directing jobs. He felt caught between Charles Laughton and Laughton's business partners. Later, he said that he did not so much direct the film as referee it. See more »

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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 »

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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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