Jamaica Inn (1939) - Plot Summary Poster


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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 Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>
  • In the Nineteenth Century, in Cornwall, a group of ship wreckers lead by Joss Merlyn uses false beacons 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 travels to Jamaica Inn to live with her aunt Patience, 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 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 wreckers hanging their mate Trehearne; 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 ship wreckers.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Irish orphan girl Mary is sent to stay with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss in Cornwall. Joss is the landlord of Jamaica Inn and also the head of a gang of ship wreckers who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. Mary soon finds herself in trouble when she discovers the truth.

    - Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>
  • Cornwall, early 19th century. "Queer things" go on at a place called Jamaica Inn. When Mary Yellen, a strong-willed young Irish woman, tells a coachman to drop her off there, he rudely speeds past the place and then stops outside the mansion of Sir Humphrey. She gets out to complain, but the coachman throws her trunk to the ground and drives off. Soon, the seemingly kind Sir Humphrey is escorting the recently orphaned Mary to the mysterious place, where she has come to live with her Aunt Patience. It isn't long before Mary learns that her aunt's husband, Joss, leads a band of cutthroats who cause shipwrecks for profit. Mary will soon learn the truth about the gentlemanly but decadent Sir Humphrey; and about Jem, a handsome young member of the desperate band who is more than what he seems.

    - Written by J. Spurlin
  • In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

    - Written by Anonymous


"Oh Lord, we pray Thee, not that wrecks should happen, but that if they do happen, Thou wilt guide them to the coast of Cornwall for the benefit of the poor inhabitants". So ran a prayer in the early XIX Century...

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