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Jamaica Run (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 22 April 1953 (USA)
In Jamaica, amid murder and deceit, a schooner skipper and a land developer search for the sunken ship containing proof regarding the identity of the true heirs of a legendary Jamaican estate.

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... Patrick Fairlie
... Ena Dacey
... Todd Dacey
... William Montague
... Janice Clayton (as Laura Elliot)
... Mrs. Docey
Bill Walker ... Human (as William Walker)
... Inspector Mole
... Mose
Michael Moore ... Robert Clayton
Rex Evans ... Judge Henry
... Court Judge
... Judge
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Promoter William Montague wants to buy the estate owned by the Daceys, Mrs. Dacey and her daughter Ena and son Todd, in order to build a resort hotel. When they turn him down, he produces a couple of distant relatives, Janice and Robert Clayton, and sets about to prove that the estate rightfully belongs to them. The identity of the rightful heirs is thought to be buried in a sunken ship off of the Jamaican shore and the search begins, led by a schooner skipper, Patrick Fairlie, who is in love with Ena. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This girl was worth fighting for ... battling a killer under the tropic sea ... or in the heart of the voodoo jungle !


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Quite engaging.
25 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

While "Jamaica Run" has got a few problems, on balance, it's a very good picture and one worth your time. Currently, it's available streaming from Netflix, though the copy isn't great due to film degradation. I'd love to see the film after some sort of color restoration.

The film begins with a guy (Patric Knowles) approaching the Dacey family in Jamaica to buy their plantation. However, it's been in the family for generations and they aren't interested in selling. A bit later, he returns and here is where the plot gets weird. He brings along two distant relatives of the Dacey's and a diver (Ray Milland). Why? Because more than a hundred years earlier, relatives were in the process of buying the plantation and no one was sure if the deal was completed or not. This is because the two branches of the family (those buying and those selling) had met on a ship that subsequently sank--and no one survived to tell whether money had changed hands or the contract signed. Now, Knowles' character proposes to have his diver explore a ship wreck to see if proof can be obtained. Not surprisingly, with so much at stake, it's not surprisingly when a murder occurs. But who is responsible? And, what happens when a treasure chest IS found? The film has some decent acting but in particular, I liked the script. This is because although the plot WAS complicated and strange, it had lots of twists and surprises. I particularly liked the ending--now THAT was a big shock. Apart from one or two minor quibbles (such as the romance involving Wendell Corey's character--it just happened too fast to be realistic as well as WHY would a servant be called 'Human'--what sort of name is that?!), the film is a dandy adventure that is well worth seeing.


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