Alfred Hitchcock | Jamaica Inn (1939) [Thriller]

“Jamaica Inn” is a 1939 film made by Alfred Hitchcock adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 novel of the same name, the first of three of du Maurier’s works that Hitchcock adapted (the others were her novel “Rebecca” and short story “The Birds”).
The film is a period piece set in Cornwall in 1819; the real Jamaica Inn still exists, and is a pub on the edge of Bodmin Moor. The score was written by Eric Fenby. Jamaica Inn starred Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara.

Jamaica Inn is headquarters to a gang of smugglers, led by the innkeeper Joss (Leslie Banks). The smugglers extinguish coastal beacons in order to cause ships to run aground. Then they loot the wrecks and kill the surviving sailors. Mary (Maureen O’Hara), the orphaned niece of Joss’s wife Patience (Marie Ney) comes to live at the inn, and saves the life of Traherne (Robert Newton), a gang member lynched by his fellow smugglers for embezzling. Traherne is actually a secret law-officer, trying to bring down Joss’s gang. They flee the inn and seek the protection of Sir Humphrey Pengallon, the local magistrate, little knowing that he actually protects Joss’s gang, as he needs the loot in order to maintain his lavish lifestyle. Traherne and Mary must race against time to stop a ship from being wrecked, and an unlikely love affair blossoms.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, produced by Erich Pommer and Charles Laughton, written by Daphne du Maurier, Sidney Gilliat, Joan Harrison, Sidney Gilliat, Alma Reville and J. B. Priestley, starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara and Emlyn Williams.

Source: “Jamaica Inn (film)” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 8 July 2012. Web. 29 July 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica_Inn_(film).

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36 Replies to “Alfred Hitchcock | Jamaica Inn (1939) [Thriller]”

  1. Did anyone recognize James "Jem" Trehearne (the good guy) aka Robert Newton aka Long John Silver (Treasure Island 1950).  The pirate that all other movie pirates wanted to be?

  2. Why 'Jamaica' Inn as the title??? Besides the fact that it was the title of Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel… silly question.
    haven't read the book. Maybe that'll answer the question..

  3. You can see in Maureen's early film performance here..that Mary Kate Danaher ("The Quiet Man") is not far down the road..screenwise!

  4. I found this film to be absolutely fascinating. I don't judge it by today's standards which is precisely why it held my interest. Maureen O'Hara held my attention. To think this was her first film, filmed when she was 18 years old. It's hard to not judge this film based on other 1939 films, considered to be the single greatest year in movie history. One must remember this was made by, comparatively speaking, a very small production company. MGM and other major studios released those classic '39 films. I have also become intrigued by Mr. Laughton. Though sometimes over the top, many of his performances were really first rate. He was an incredible character actor. I have seen some of our most important actors of these past couple of decades attempt to play "character" roles, with make up enhancements, accents and dialects. I applaud all of them for their valiant efforts and yes, even the likes of Meryl Streep, probably our most gifted film actress, go over the top. I say, who cares? I say go for it.

  5. THIS VERSION OF THE MOVIE IS INCOMPLETE. IT IS MISSING A CRUCIAL SCENE IN WHICH SIR HUMPHREY DECEIVES TRAHERNE INTO THINKING HE–SIR HUMPHREY–IS SENDING FOR THE ARMY AND THE TWO SET OFF FOR JAMAICA INN, OVERHEARD BY MARY, WHO SETS OFF TO WARN HER AUNT PATIENCE.

  6. I'm reading the novel and its fantastic–concrete, thrilling narrative, moves like the wind on the moors, Ms. du Maurier wonderful writer–no movie could match up to it but will watch this.

  7. Thanks for the upload, but in future when uploading a film, please choose 'deinterlace' in your encoding software. The horizontal banding occurs because of the interlacing of two fields of video data. All video uploaded should be 'deinterlaced'.

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