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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 ... 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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Genres:

Adventure | Crime

Certificate:

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Details

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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
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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Unusual Hitchcock
14 February 2003 | by BritishFilms1See all my reviews

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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