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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 15, 2015
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton & Leslie Banks|
|Performer:||Emlyn Williams, Herbert Lomas, Edwin Greenwood & Mervyn Jones|
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Edited by||Robert Hamer|
|Screenwriting by||J.B. Priestley, Joan Harrison & Sidney Gilliat|
|Composition by||Eric Fenby|
|Produced by||Erich Pommer & Charles Laughton|
|Director of Photography:||Bernard Knowles & Harry Stradling Sr.|
Rating: C -- Mostly known as Hitchcock's last British fim before leaving for Hollywood, this period piece is weak, despite star performance from Charles Laughton. Full Review
Laughton is compelling from the first instant: His Pengallan is at least five of the seven deadly sins rolled into one, a cheerfully loathsome creature with wide-set eyebrows and a multitude of chins ... Full Review
Jamaica Inn is a fraud perpetrated with great names. Full Review
The result is weird, but not wonderful. Full Review
Having set his own standards, Alfred Hitchcock must be judged by them; and, by them, his Jamaica Inn is merely journeyman melodrama. Full Review
New York Times
Superb direction, excellent casting, expressive playing and fine production offset an uneven screenplay to make Jamaica Inn a gripping version of the Daphne du Maurier novel. Full Review
This lurid story of violence and brutality is lavishly staged. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Set in 19th-century Cornwall, this tale of a young woman who visits her aunt, only to discover she's residing in a haven for throat-slashing pirates, is one of Hitchcock's lesser-known films. A period melodrama, the film features an excellent Maureen O'Hara in one of her earlier roles. JAMAICA INN is based on Daphne Du Maurier's famous novel of the same name.
A gripping adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel, JAMAICA INN is the story of a teenage orphaned girl who goes to live with relatives on the Cornish Moors and finds herself involved in a violent smuggling scheme. The Cornish seacoast and the moors is the background for Charles Laughton, a villainous squire who leads a pack of smugglers falsely luring boats to the area. The boats crash on the rocks, killing the passengers and allowing the smugglers to loot the cargo. An undercover investigator arrives from Lloyds of London to gather information on the truth behind the multiple shipwrecks, and O'Hara finds herself having to take a stance and help him from being hung by the evil pirates.
Classic | High Seas | Romance | Suspense | Thriller | Outlaws | Recommended | Gentry | Based On A Novel
- Theatrical release: May 1939.
- JAMAICA INN was the fourth novel by Daphne du Maurier and her first best-seller.
- The film was remade for television in 1985, starring Jane Seymour and Patrick McGoohan.