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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 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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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 film takes place in 1922. See more »


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 »


[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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Highly underrated and misunderstood Hitchcock film.
1 June 2002 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

Most people don't like this film, not realizing that a) it's one of Hitchcock's very first British films, on a low budget; and b) that it's not a thriller or suspense film, but based on a masterfully written comic tragedy by Irish playwright Sean O'Casey. Very faithful to the play, this film is fairly well acted, and fairly well cast. Though most seem to think Sara Allgood is the standout as Juno, I particularly like Sidney Morgan's wonderful portrayal as Joxer, and Edward Chapman's performance as Captain Boyle is also very good,

But writing and acting aside, this film is not without its flaws. Obviously on a tight and tiny budget, the quality of film and sound are fairly awful, and Hitchcock's direction and cinematography is less than stellar, with a rash of low shots and cut-off heads.

Still, the poor quality of film and filming can be excused for budgetary constraints, and the fact that this is such an early Hitchcock film. Definitely worth watching if you like the play, which I do, but don't expect and thrills or shocks; this is a talk-heavy play about Irish troubles during the uprising with some very sharp and wicked humour and some very tragic commentary. Not Hitchcock's best by a longshot, but severely underrated. 6/10.

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