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Jamaica Inn (1939)

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Classics and Sports movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock

InJamaica Inn--a rip-roaring melodrama drawn from aDaphne du Maurier potboilerset in 1820s Cornwall--an innocent young orphan (the 19-year-old Maureen O'Hara in her first starring role) arrives at her uncle's remote Cornish inn to find it a den of reprobates … see full wiki

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock
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"What are you all waiting for? A spectacle? You shall have it and tell your children how the great age ended."

  • Aug 17, 2007
JAMAICA INN is a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and co-produced by Charles Laughton. Set in 1820s Cornwall, JAMAICA INN is the story about a young Irish orphan, Mary (Maureen O'Hara), who travels to England to live with her last living relative, her aunt Patience (Marie Ney). Mary soon discovers that Patience's husband, Joss (Leslie Banks), is the leader of a gang that has been leading ships to wreck on the coast, smuggling the goods, and killing any survivors. Mary seeks help from the local squire, Sir Humphrey Pengallan (Charles Laughton), but the squire might not be the friendly neighborhood law enforcer that he presumes to be.

JAMAICA INN was the first movie Hitchcock directed based on a story written by Daphne Du Marier and out of the three it is the weakest. The plot is rather predictable and much of the acting is overdone. Apparently there was a great deal of tension on the set between Hitchcock, the director, and Laughton, the co-producer and star of the film. Hitchcock wasn't given the full control he normally had and was unable to keep Laughton in check. Still, JAMAICA INN is a Hitchcock film and though it doesn't reach the heights of his greatest films, it's still better than the average film from the period as well as most films made today.

Besides being a Hitchcock movie, JAMAICA INN is notable for several reasons. To begin with, the movie was one of only a few films in which Hitchcock directed where he did not make a cameo. It was also his last film that he directed in England before coming to Hollywood under contract to David O. Selanick. Lastly, the movie marks the big screen debut of Maureen O'Hara.

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