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Juno and the Paycock (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 22 September 1930 (UK)
During the Irish Civil War in 1922, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life, forgetting what the most important values are.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Sean O'Casey (play), Alfred Hitchcock (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Fitzgerald ... The Orator
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Maisie Madigan (as Maire O'Neil)
Edward Chapman ... Captain Boyle
Sidney Morgan Sidney Morgan ... 'Joxer' Daly
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Boyle ('Juno')
John Laurie ... Johnny Boyle
Dave Morris Dave Morris ... Jerry Devine
Kathleen O'Regan Kathleen O'Regan ... Mary Boyle
John Longden ... Charles Bentham
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... The Mobiliser (as Denis Wyndham)
Fred Schwartz Fred Schwartz ... Mr. Kelly (as Fred Schwarz)
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During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values of are. At the end, they discover they will not receive that inheritance; the family is destroyed and penniless. They must sell their home and start living like vagabonds. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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A tragi-comedy of Irish life which reaches the highest pinnacle of dramatic intensity See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1930 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shame of Mary Boyle See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock originally wanted Arthur Sinclair to play the part of Captain Boyle, but Sinclair was under contact to appear in the play on tour, so Edward Chapman was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

When Maisie Madigan is drunk at the Boyle's house, she strolls across the kitchen and Mrs. Boyel's arms are by her side, but in the next shot, Mrs. Boyle's arms are crossed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Orator: Fellow countrymen, continuously and courageously we have fought and struggled for the national salvation of Ireland!
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Referenced in Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (2009) See more »

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Restore this film PLEASE!!!
17 May 2009 | by Christopher EvansSee all my reviews

The DVD I own of this film is of dire quality. It is, like other botched, cheapo versions of Hitchcock's early films, a disgraceful transfer from poor quality source. People's heads are cut off by the zoomed in picture, the foggy, grainy picture and awful sound quality detract greatly from viewing pleasure and yet I loved this film!

Bear in mind this is a very early talkie with the disadvantages all early talkies have (even famous classics such as Frankenstein etc) namely: 1. Very static, plain camera work due to huge, unwieldy camera/sound equipment (the master Hitchcock naturally does better than others with this but his genius camera-work IS hampered) 2. Slightly theatrical acting by some actors as they ARE theatrical actors, not used to screen acting which had previously been silent.

This is clearly a film of a play and therefore Hitchcock himself wasn't fond of it but he did a superb job as did most of the cast. It is amazingly hard-hitting, moving, emotionally involving and at the same time has gripping scenes of tension and classic Irish humour.

I am disappointed this is so little known and not appreciated. It is a truly excellent film within its limitations.

It is a disgrace that no company has released a restored version of this still!


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