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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
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This was Hitchcock's last film with John Longden and Clare Greet. John Longden played Captain Johnson in this film. John Longden worked with Hitchcock in six films - Blackmail, Juno and Paycock, Elstree Calling (in the short sketch directed by Hitchcock), The Skin Game, Young and Innocent, and Jamaica Inn. Clare Greet worked with Hitchcock in 8 films. Clare Greet played Granny Tremarney (One of Sir Humprey's tenants) in this film. Clare Greet worked with Hitchcock in 8 films - Number 13 (Hitchcock's unfinished film), The Ring, The Manxman, Murder!, Lord Camber's Ladies (Alfred Hitchcock as the producer), The Man Who Knew too Much, Sabotage, and Jamaica Inn. See more »
When Mary takes off Jem's rope, she is on his left side. In the next shot, she is on his right. See more »
Can you make out the beacon light?
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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.
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