“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).