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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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Horace Hodges ...
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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 ...
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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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Adventure | Crime

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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 Hitchcock/Pia Lindstrom interview (1972), Alfred Hitchcock said that it took one full morning to get one closeup of Charles Laughton in Jamaica Inn. Alfred Hitchcock also said this about Charles Laughton while working with him in Jamaica Inn - "He (Charles Laughton) was a nice man. A Charming man. He really was. But Oh! He suffered so much, because he felt he couldn't get it out. And we were whole morning on the one closeup until he got up. And he was crying in the corner. And I went over and patted him on the shoulder." See more »

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Underrated Work of Alfred Hitchcock
28 November 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, in Cornwall, a group of pirates leaded by Joss Merlyn (Leslie Banks) uses false beacon to misguide ships to wreck on the rocks of the coast; then they kill the survivors to rob the cargo and gather in the Jamaica Inn, a place of ill fame. When the Irish orphan Mary Yellen (Maureen O'Hara) travels to Jamaica Inn to live with her aunt Patience (Marie Ney), the coachmen of her stagecoach refuses to stop in the infamy inn, and Mary asks for help in the house of the magistrate of the Justice of the Peace Humphrey Pengallan (Charles Laughton) that rides with her to the inn. Her aunt had not received her letter but lodges her in a room. During the night, Mary overhears the pirates hanging their mate Trehearne (Robert Newton); however, she saves his life and escapes with him. They run to the house of Sir Humphrey, where Treheame identifies himself as Officer of Law. However, they do not know that sophisticated and arrogant Sir Humphrey Pengallan is the head of the gang of pirates.

"Jamaica Inn" is an underrated work of Alfred Hitchcock. The story is too dark, especially considering that it was released in 1939. The cinematography in black white is magnificent, and Charles Laughton has an awesome performance in the role of the ambiguous Sir Humphrey Pengallan. Maureen O'Hara is also amazing in an unusual role in 1939 of a strong woman in her first lead role. The DVD released in Brazil by Continental Distributor has 89:41 minutes running time and it is visible the edition of the movie when Mary and Trehearne are lodged by Sir Humphrey. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Estalagem Maldita" ("The Damned Inn")


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