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  • U
  • Adventure, Crime
  • 1939
  • 108 mins

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

About

Hitchcock's final British film before leaving for the States and a second career is a disappointing and an uncharacteristic romantic melodrama. Set in 19th-century Cornwall, and about an orphan girl who becomes involved with smugglers, it is a travesty of Daphne du Maurier's novel. Hitchcock, who claimed to dislike historical subjects, said he was intrigued by the dual character of the squire, played with relish in a lip-smacking manner by Laughton. There are few bravado cinematic moments and the film has a stilted studio feel to it.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Charles Laughton, Wylie Watson, Maureen O'Harn, Robert Newton, Emlyn Willaims, Lesile Banks
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer: Sidney Gilliat, JB Priestley, Joan Harrison
  • Producer: Erich Pommer
  • Photographer: Bernard Knowles, Harry Stradling

In a nutshell

Hitch returned far more successfully to du Maurier 24 years later with The Birds.

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