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Jamaica Inn (1939)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime | 13 October 1939 (USA)
In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (screen play), Joan Harrison (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Horace Hodges Horace Hodges ... Chadwick - Sir Humphrey's Butler
Maureen O'Hara ... Mary Yellan
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Sam - Sir Humphrey's Groom
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Davis - Sir Humphrey's Agent
Emlyn Williams ... Harry the Peddler - Sir Humphrey's Gang
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Dowland - Sir Humphrey's Tenant
Clare Greet ... Granny Tremarney - Sir Humphrey's Tenant
William Devlin William Devlin ... Burdkin - Sir Humphrey's Tenant
Jeanne De Casalis ... Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Jeanne de Casalis)
Mabel Terry-Lewis ... Lady Beston - Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
A. Bromley Davenport A. Bromley Davenport ... Ringwood - Sir Humphrey's Friend (as Bromley Davenport)
George Curzon George Curzon ... Captain Murray - Sir Humphrey's Friend
Basil Radford ... Lord George - Sir Humphrey's Friend
Leslie Banks ... Joss Merlyn
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Storyline

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>

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Adventure | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jamaica-kroen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie takes place in Cornwall in 1819. See more »

Goofs

Sir Humphrey Pengallen is said to be an old friend of King George IV, who has recently acceded to the British throne. However, the film takes place in 1819 and George IV did not become king until January 29, 1820. See more »

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Captain: Can you make out the beacon light?
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Crazy Credits

and introducing Maureen O'Hara See more »

Alternate Versions

There's about eight minutes of footage missing from the US Laserlight DVD release of "Jamaica Inn." The missing footage should appear at the end of chapter 14 (approx 00:51:55). As Jem and Sir H leave the room, the DVD cuts to Mary, Patience and Joss at Jamaica Inn. There's no explanation as to how Mary returned there, or why Sir H and Jem (now dressed in a military uniform) are banging on the door outside. The following DVDs are known to have footage missing:
  • R0 Laserlight Video/Delta Entertainment (USA, 2000)
  • R0 Westlake Entertainment Group (USA, 2004)
  • R0 Diamond Entertainment (Alfred Hitchcock: Collector's Edition Volume 1, USA, 2003)
  • The following DVDs are known to have the footage intact:
  • R2 Carlton Visual Entertainment Ltd (UK, 2003)
  • R0 Image Entertainment/Kino Video (USA, 1999)
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"That's women for you -- save your life one minute, frightened of you the next."
21 September 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Alfred Hitchcock's last film made in the UK before heading to the US is one of his worst. It's a period thriller (light on thrills) about a gang of criminals who cause shipwrecks on the coast in order to steal the cargo and kill the surviving crew. The gang uses a spooky inn as a headquarters to meet and discuss their shipwrecking schemes. The film opens strong but once Charles Laughton's character appears, things start to unravel. Laughton is usually cited as one of the main reasons why this movie is so flawed. Laughton was one of the producers on the film and evidently interfered with Hitchcock at every turn. Without even knowing the story behind the production, it's easy to lay primary blame at Laughton's doorstep while watching this. He's over the top and campy; often comical to the point that it's impossible for Hitchcock to effectively build any suspense. There are some nice atmospheric moments with howling winds and stormy nights and the like. But the atmosphere is undone by Laughton's ridiculousness. The unconvincing makeup and fake nose don't help. The rest of the cast isn't that much better, with master ham Leslie Banks overacting as much as possible and a stiff Maureen O'Hara as the heroine. Maureen's as lovely as ever but, this being one of her earliest roles, her acting is pretty limited. It's a flawed movie with many boring stretches, too much bad acting, and mysteries that are not very mysterious. Still, it's Hitchcock so there are enough interesting things going on to warrant a look. But you'll likely be satisfied with just one look.


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