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Jamaica Inn

  • Drama
  • 1939
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 89 mins
  • PG

Summary

A smooth-talking nobleman leads a gang of scurvy cut-throats along the coastline of Cornwall, plundering wrecks which run aground on the rocky shores. Alfred Hitchcock's period adventure based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and Leslie Banks.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock's last picture before his departure for Hollywood is the least of his three Daphne du Maurier adaptations (Rebecca and The Birds being the others). Charles Laughton's self-indulgent performance as the piratical squire goes some way to explaining the film's failure, but Hitch's evident lack of interest in the character's dual nature is mostly to blame. It isn't a completely lost cause, however: Maureen O'Hara is spirited yet vulnerable in her first major role, while art director Tom N Moraham's reconstruction of Regency Cornwall brings a touch of authenticity to an otherwise lacklustre production.

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Credits

Cast

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Sir Humphrey PengallanCharles Laughton
Mary YellandMaureen O'Hara
Joss MerlynLeslie Banks
Harry the PeddlerEmlyn Williams
Jem TrehearneRobert Newton
Salvation WatkinsWylie Watson
Patience MerlynMarie Ney
Sea-Lawyer SydneyMorland Graham

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Assoc. British Picture Corp Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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