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
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS or DVD copy of the movie. Therefore, many of the versions of this movie available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the movie. It is available on Blu-ray though. See more »
After Trehearne and Mary escape from the villains by swimming out to their boat, they wind up seeking refuge at Pengallan's home. While still in his soaking clothes, Trehearne pulls a dry folded piece of paper from his pocket. See more »
Can you make out the beacon light?
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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:
Alfred Hitchcock is considered by many [including myself] to be one of the great directors of the twentieth century. While watching one of his masterpieces, one can expect suspense, revelation and maybe a shock or two - but amongst all, entertainment.
"Jamaica Inn" is one of Hitchcock's more earlier and most irregular [weird, if you like] films. This dated, very much inaudible and terribly not well-preserved piece from the director concentrates on the pirate attacks on ships near the Cornwall coast in the 1800s, involving theft and brutal treatment, nothing thrilling.
Charles Laughton takes over the rather tedious film as an eccentric and well-respected local squire and magistrate who is happily leading a double life as the pirate gang leader and Maureen O' Hara makes an effort as the young heroine, an Irish girl who has come to live with her relations in Cornwall [her uncle being a pirate] and getting mixed up with the the smugglers but fails to draw attention.
Overall, "Jamaica Inn" is a Hitchcock flop, and the director was probably taking up time before moving to Hollywood where he became an institution for the rest of his career. If you enjoy a Hitchcock picture, then view some of his later work such as "Vertigo", "Psycho" and "The Birds", otherwise give this a miss.
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