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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.


Alfred Hitchcock


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

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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)


During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values are. At the end, they discover they will not receive that inheritance; the family is destroyed and penniless. They must sell their house and start living like vagabonds. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

22 September 1930 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shame of Mary Boyle See more »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O'Casey opened at the Mayfair Theater on March 15, 1926 and ran for seventy-four performances. The play was revived on Broadway in 1927, 1934, 1937, 1940, and 1988. See more »


In the shot of Johnny in bed after Maisie Madigan has a drink of whiskey at the Boyle's house, he is shown with both arms. See more »


[first lines]
The Orator: Fellow countrymen, continuously and courageously we have fought and struggled for the national salvation of Ireland!
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Version of Juno and the Paycock (1980) See more »

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Don't fall for the video box (like poor gridoon)!
18 May 2001 | by The Quiet ManSee all my reviews

Yes, it's "talky." Possibly because it's a film version of Sean O'Casey's seminal stage play about poverty, class, betrayal and death in the slums of Dublin during the Irish Civil War." Dull?" This film is taut enough that a common votive light becomes as frightening as the appearance of a ghost. And a doomed young man's descent into paranoia and babbling fear fairly bursts on the screen.

The discerning viewer will not only be rewarded with a moving story; the Hitchcock touches are there as well. A young director already finding his voice while handling serious material. The dark humor (The Trouble with Harry), the suspense that builds in silence (Lifeboat), and the immediate presence of the camera in the midst of life (Rope). All there.

Studios often resort to misleading packaging in attempts to lure the unsuspecting into renting/seeing/buying a movie that would otherwise not attract them. Those who only like their Hitchcock with a boy in mama's dress or a bird on a wire WILL hate this gem. Their loss.

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