Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Hay Petrie

     
 

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Alfred Hitchcock directed this disappointing misfire, memorable solely for the fact is that it is the final film from Hitchcock's early British period before he left for the Hollywood studio system and David O. Selznick. In the England of the 1800s, a group of ruthless smugglers, led by Sir Humphrey Pengallon (Charles Laughton), prey on ships by blacking out warning

Overview

Alfred Hitchcock directed this disappointing misfire, memorable solely for the fact is that it is the final film from Hitchcock's early British period before he left for the Hollywood studio system and David O. Selznick. In the England of the 1800s, a group of ruthless smugglers, led by Sir Humphrey Pengallon (Charles Laughton), prey on ships by blacking out warning signals. When the ships crash on the rocks, the nefarious group loots the remains and kills the sailors. The plot kicks in when the beautiful orphan Mary Yelland (Maureen O'Hara) goes to visit her uncle Joss Merlyn (Leslie Banks) at a creepy hotel called the Jamaica Inn, the home of the gang of smugglers. Mary doesn't realize that Uncle Joss is one of them. Meanwhile, Lloyd's of London sends one of their ablest men, Jem Trahearne (Robert Newton), to investigate the recurring shipwrecks. Jem checks in to the Jamaica Inn, and when the coven of smugglers finds out who he is, they capture him and attempt to kill him. But Mary comes to his rescue and saves him. Through the inn, the smugglers try to recapture Jem -- along with Mary. Thrown together by dire circumstances, the two fall in love. Meanwhile, all the shenanigans occurring at the Jamaica Inn appear to be driving Pengallon insane.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Jamaica Inn is definitely lesser Alfred Hitchcock, but it's not the terrible film it's often assumed to be. True, it suffers considerably from the fact that star Charles Laughton was also the producer, interfering mightily with Hitchcock and not allowing the director the free hand he needed to salvage what was admittedly a rather dull script. In spite of this, however, there are a number of Hitchcockian touches, including an amoral, misanthropic man who teeters on (and goes over) the brink of madness (think Strangers on a Train and Psycho). And the director does very well with his large-scale action sequences, as well as guiding new leading lady Maureen O'Hara in an impressive star performance. (For the record, O'Hara also looks simply stunning.) Laughton is a much bigger problem, giving a performance that is ludicrous and over the top; it's true that he holds your attention (even when the character shouldn't be doing so), but Laughton becomes tiresome very quickly. Robert Newton, as the hero/love interest, is also a bit stiff. Still, even with Hitchcock operating at less than his best, he does manage to make Jamaica reasonably entertaining -- especially when Laughton gets out of the way.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
UPC:
0798622309723
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Westlake Budget
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Biographies; Filmographies; Photo gallery; Interactive menus; Jump to scene; Dolby sound; PC/Mac compatible

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Laughton Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Maureen O'Hara Mary Yelland
Hay Petrie Groom
Emlyn Williams Harry the Peddler
Robert Newton Jem Trehearne
Frederick Piper Broker
Leslie Banks Joss Merlyn
Basil Radford Pengallan's Guest
Mervyn Johns Thomas
Marie Ney Patience Merlyn
Wylie Watson Salvation Watkins
Stephen Haggard Boy
William Devlin Pengallan's Tenant
Jeanne de Casalis Pengallan's Guest
Robert A'Dair Actor
Marie Ault Actor
O.B. Clarence Actor
George Curzon Pengallan's Guest
A. Bromley Davenport Another Guest
Bromley Davenport Pengallan's Guest
William Fazan Actor
Roy Frumkes Actor
Morland Graham Sea-Lawyer Sidney
Edwin Greenwood Dandy
Clare Greet Pengallan's Tenant
Horace Hodges Chadwick, the Butler
Mary Jerrold Actor
Harry Lane Actor
Sam Lee Actor
Alan Lewis Actor
Herbert Lomas Pengallan's Tenant
John Longden Capt. Johnson
Aubrey Mather Actor
Philip Ray Actor
George Smith Actor
Mabel Terry-Lewis Pengallan's Guest

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Eric Fenby Score Composer
Sidney Gilliat Screenwriter
Robert Hamer Editor
Joan Harrison Screenwriter
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
Charles Laughton Producer
Frederick Lewis Musical Direction/Supervision
Molly McArthur Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom N. Moraham Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Thomas H. Morahan Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Perceval Production Manager
Erich Pommer Producer
J.B. Priestley Screenwriter
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Harry Watts Special Effects
Ern Westmore Makeup
Daphne du Maurier Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jamaica Inn
2. Chapter 1 [4:16]
3. Chapter 2 [2:18]
4. Chapter 3 [2:37]
5. Chapter 4 [3:04]
6. Chapter 5 [4:45]
7. Chapter 6 [10:54]
8. Chapter 7 [5:40]
9. Chapter 8 [4:00]
10. Chapter 9 [10:18]
11. Chapter 10 [15:05]
12. Chapter 11 [17:54]
13. Chapter 12 [6:22]

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Jamaica Inn 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, Jamaica Inn is a wonderful film and a Hitchcock-O'Hara must see. It is both beautifully filmed and a real nail- biter. It is not a horror film, which to me adds both to the beauty and suspence The music is also excellent. I find the VHS B&W format better than the DVD. This is a film worthy of the title 'classic'.