Jamaica Inn

August 13, 2010 Whitney movie review 3 Comments


Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Sidney Gilliat (screen play), Joan Harrison (screen play) Daphne du Maurier (by)
Stars: Maureen O’Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton
Release Date: October 13, 1939

In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she’s living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Jamaica Inn is another Daphne Du Maurier novel that was directed by Hitchcock;   And, like Rebecca this was a film I didn’t know Hitch had directed.

Considering I have not read the book, I found the storyline very original and well acted too.  I loved Charles Laughton as Sir Humphrey Pengallan.  He was the perfect villain/double agent because I disliked him to no other but was still willing to give him a second chance (and don’t ask me why).

My only complaint about this classic was the quality of the film, mostly with the sound.  The octave went up and down like a merry-go-round.  Although this could have something to do with the fact that it was on Instant Netflix.  Despite this small complaint, Jamaica Inn was a very enjoyable film.


3 responses to “Jamaica Inn

  1. As a huge Hitchcock fan, I can't tell you how many times I've harped and complained about the poor quality of this film. Many of his pre-American films tend to be reproduced at very low quality but in my experience none are worse than this one.

    It's not too late to read the book! 🙂 Hitchcock took so many liberties with the stories that he based his films on that watching the movie almost never ruins the book.

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