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Synopses for Jamaica Inn (1939)
In Jamaica Inn--a rip-roaring melodrama drawn from a Daphne du Maurier potboiler set in 1820s Cornwall--an innocent young orphan (the 19-year-old Maureen O'Hara in her first starring role) arrives at her uncle's remote Cornish inn to find it a den of reprobates given to smuggling, wrecking, and gross overacting. They're all out-hammed, though, by Charles Laughton at his most corseted and outrageously self-indulgent as the local squire to whom O'Hara runs for help. Since his star was also the coproducer, Alfred Hitchcock couldn't do much with the temperamental actor. He contented himself with adding a few characteristic touches--including a spot of bondage (always a Hitchcock favorite)--and slyly sending up the melodramatic absurdities of the plot. Jamaica Inn hardly stands high in the Master's canon, but it trundles along divertingly enough. Hitchcock fanatics will have fun comparing it with his two subsequent--and far more accomplished--du Maurier adaptations, Rebecca and The Birds. --Philip Kemp
Alfred Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn received mixed critical notices when first released in 1939, but the public loved it. It was a box office hit, revived theatrically several times. As is often the case, the public was right.
The film contains distinctly Hitchcockian elements, the cat and mouse chase and the motif of the hero (Newton) disguised in order to discover the identity of the villain who turns out to be someone everyone had considered a respectable member of the community.
In his recent rave review in Time Out, Eric Myers writes, "Jamaica Inn is a highly effective period suspense melodrama, richly atmospheric. Hitchcock carries it off with vigor, aplomb and breakneck pacing."
A gripping adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel, JAMAICA INN is the story of a teenage orphaned girl who goes to live with relatives on the Cornish Moors and finds herself involved in a violent smuggling scheme. The Cornish seacoast and the moors is the background for Charles Laughton, a villainous squire who leads a pack of smugglers falsely luring boats to the area. The boats crash on the rocks, killing the passengers and allowing the smugglers to loot the cargo. An undercover investigator arrives from Lloyds of London to gather information on the truth behind the multiple shipwrecks, and O’Hara finds herself having to take a stance and help him from being hung by the evil pirates.
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