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Jamaica Inn [1939]

Director:Alfred Hitchcock
Writer:Joan Harrison
Sidney Gilliat
Composer:Eric Fenby
Length:93 minutes
(1 hour 33 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Crime
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:70%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: In Cornwall, around 1800, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Reaction: Interesting story.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Alfred Hitchcock => Director
Joan Harrison => Writer
Sidney Gilliat => Writer
Eric Fenby => Composer
Daphne Du Maurier => Novel (uncredited)
A. Bromley Davenport => His Friend (as Bromley Davenport)
Basil Radford => His Friend
Charles Laughton => Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Clare Greet => His Tenant
Edwin Greenwood => Dandy - Sir Humphrey's Gang
Emlyn Williams => Harry the Pedlar - Sir Humphrey's Gang
Frederick Piper => His Agent
George Curzon => His Friend
Hay Petrie => His Groom
Herbert Lomas => His Tenant
Horace Hodges => His Butler
Jeanne De Casalis => His Friend (as Jeanne de Casalis)
John Longden => Captain Johnson (uncredited)
Leslie Banks => Joss Merlyn
Mabel Terry-Lewis => His Friend (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
Marie Ault => Coach Passenger (uncredited)
Marie Ney => Patience - His Wife
Mary Jerrold => Miss Black (uncredited)
Maureen O'Hara => Mary - His Niece
Morland Graham => Sea Lawyer Sydney - Sir Humphrey's Gang
Robert Adair => Captain Murray (uncredited)
Robert Newton => Jem Trehearne - Sir Humphrey's Gang
William Devlin => His Tenant
Wylie Watson => Salvation Watkins - Sir Humphrey's Gang

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Maureen O'Hara was "Introduced" in the opening titles.
  • One of the films included in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way) by [?] Harry Medved and [?] Randy Lowell.
  • This was the last movie that Alfred Hitchcock made in England before going to Hollywood under contract to [?] David O. Selznick.
  • Alfred Hitchcock made no cameo appearance in this movie.
  • This was the first of three Daphne Du Maurier tales that Alfred Hitchcock made into movies. The other two were Rebecca and The Birds.
  • Was reportedly one of Alfred Hitchcock's most unhappy directing jobs. He felt caught between Charles Laughton and Laughton's business partners. Later, he said that he did not so much direct the film as referee it.