In Cornwall, 1819, a young woman discovers 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) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Horace Hodges Horace Hodges ... Chadwick - Sir Humphrey's Butler
Hay Petrie ... Sam - Sir Humphrey's Groom
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Davis - Sir Humphrey's Agent
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 ... Captain Murray - Sir Humphrey's Friend
Basil Radford ... Lord George - Sir Humphrey's Friend
Leslie Banks ... Joss Merlyn
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Patience Merlyn
Maureen O'Hara ... Mary Yellan
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Storyline

In early 19th century Cornwall, a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realises her uncle's inn serves as the base for a gang of ship wreckers - who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast, and Mary begins to fear for her life. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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Only HITCHCOCK could direct...Only LAUGHTON could act in this mighty drama of unbridled passions (Print Ad-Newburgh News, ((Newburgh, NY)) 5 December 1939)

Genres:

Adventure | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

Goofs

When Trehearne and Mary hide behind a rocky outcrop after swimming away from the cave, the outcrop moves back and forth with the motion of the water. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain: Can you make out the beacon light?
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

There are about eight minutes of footage missing from various unauthorized US DVDs of Jamaica Inn. This is due to them being bootlegged from old, worn copies of edited US theatrical release prints. 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 now 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. These bootleg 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) These authorized DVDs are known to have the footage intact:
  • R0 Kino Video/Image Entertainment (USA, 1999)
  • R2 Carlton Visual Entertainment Ltd (UK, 2003) All other authorized releases also have the complete UK version, as per the Alfred Hitchcock Collectors' Guide.
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Connections

Featured in Stars of the Silver Screen: Maureen O'Hara (2015) See more »

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...OK until you read the book
28 September 2004 | by gnbSee all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw Hitchcock's 'Jamaica Inn'. I had heard so many bad things about the movie and the fact that it seemed to have been made on the cheap and in a hurry so Hitch could do a runner to Hollywood. I really liked this movie - I thought the lovely Maureen O'Hara made a very spirited Mary Yellan and Leslie Banks was great as her hulking bully of an Uncle, Joss. While not as technically inventive as some of Hitchcock's other work before or since, I felt it was made with care and presented a realistic, gloomy atmosphere of doom with its endless night time scenes and constant soundtrack of howling winds and crashing waves.

And then I read the book...

Du Maurier's novel was so different as to bear no relation whatever to Hitchcock's film. The book was intense, gritty, dark and very moody. Mary Yellan was written almost as she is presented on screen with her sharp, Irish wits but Joss is a much more tortured, boorish animal than he is in the film. Also, the character played by Charles Laughton is absent in the book - or at least Laughton's incarnation is. The squire in the book is one of the good guys and features very little. The film of 'Jamaica Inn' may as well be called the Charles Laughton Show so as to give the actor every chance to overact.

See the film if you are a Hitchcock fan and enjoy it for what it is but if you've read and enjoyed the book, my advice would be to steer clear!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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