A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »
Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket ... See full summary »
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 Trehearne and Sir Humphrey are sharing a drink, the Squire drinks holding the glass with his left hand and sets it down using his right. See more »
Can you make out the beacon light?
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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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