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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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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

This movie takes place in Cornwall in 1819. 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]
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Crazy Credits

[Prologue] "Oh Lord, we pray thee -- not that wrecks should happen -- but that if they do happen Thou wilt guide them -- to the coast of Cornwall -- for the benefit of the poor inhabitants." So ran an old Cornish prayer of the early nineteenth century, but in that lawless corner of England, before the British Coastguard Service came into being . . . . . . . . . . there exited gangs who, for the sake of plunder deliberately planned the wrecks, luring ships to their doom on the cruel rocks of the wild Cornish coast. 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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A classic for Laughton fans
24 May 2001 | by Bruno MorphetSee all my reviews

While this picture is not one of Hitchcock's more memorable pieces, it is nevertheless well worth a look simply to view the acting genius of Charles Laughton. The man is larger than life as the revolting yet oddly fascinating Sir Humphrey and provides the audience with far more insight into the character than a lesser actor might have done. This is not simply a one-dimensional villain that we are so used to seeing in British movies of this period. In addition to a superb reading of the script, Laughton is clearly ad-libbing in various scenes, further breaking down hitherto scrupulously maintained boundaries between audience and actor. I urge anyone who is weary of today's usual line-up of blockbuster big names to observe a true master at work and wonder where it all went wrong!


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