Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Downloadable Video - 1939
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Set in Cornwall where a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are the landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realizes that her uncle's inn is the base of a gang of ship wreckers who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. The girl starts fearing for her life Featuring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Leslie Banks.
Publisher: [UK]: , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1939]
Copyright Date: ©1939
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 34 min. 49 sec.)) : sound, black & white

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biffblack
Mar 31, 2018

Well worth seeing for lovers of atmosphere and appreciators of the young Maureen O'Hara's exquisitely creamy comeliness. Not Hitchcock's best, yet one of his gamiest. Jamaica Inn is a dirty movie in the most visceral sense of the term. Amateur pirates have their way with treasure-laden shipwrecks, then spend a lot of time being unwashed & skanky at a scary tavern whilst waiting for their next kill. Leslie Banks, the clean-scrubbed hero of the Man Who Knew Too Much, figures here as one of the filthiest, nastiest, most amoral creatures alive; he's scarcely recognizable as the virtuous father from the earlier film. The sexual tension betwixt Banks and O'Hara -- whose characters are related by marriage -- is absolutely eye-popping! Marie Ney, as Patience, gives a quietly stunning turn as a victimized woman who will endure ANYTHING for her man -- no matter what a villainous blackguard he is. Charles Laughton delightfully hams it up as the provincial Cornish coast politico, AND in case there are any doubts as to where Hitchcock's sympathies lie/lay, look at who gets the final frames of this film all to himself. !!

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BlitheSpirit1
Nov 02, 2016

perfect vintage treatment, a dramatic presentation with realistic effects without detailed realism meant for visceral reaction. Laughton marvelous. Loved it.

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LEE M OLSEN
Nov 21, 2015

I don't know what video RUFUS saw, but the Cohen Film Collection DVD here was Excellent with wonderful visuals showing off a mastery of special effects: storms, shipwrecks, crowd scenes that give the film an authentic period quality. ALSO Laughton's over the top performance is one of the joys of the film: he was the producer, so I suppose Hitchcock had to indulge him and he got his way. I have problems with his makeup which borders on the caricature. But I would praise Hitchcock for the exciting pace of the film, even tho' the "near misses" do strain credulity. Nonetheless a VERY enjoyable "romp".

rufus_red4 Jun 23, 2015

This video cassette is in unwatchable condition, sound and picture are horrible. Maybe someday the library will have the funds to transfer everything to digital. From what I saw, this looked like a very different kind of Hitchcock, rather a disturbing opening, very atmospheric but I couldn't stick with it.

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rslade
Dec 25, 2014

Lots of close calls on all sides, so many that the "tension" almost starts feeling wearing.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 03, 2014

A rather atypical period piece from Alfred Hitchcock that was his last English film before leaving for America. Based on a Daphne Du Maurier book (he'd also adapt her "Rebecca" and "The Birds"), it's a mix of Robert Louis Stevenson adventure and Emily Bronte mood. Hitchcock reportedly was unhappy with the film and with actor Charles Laughton, who dominates the film in a way few actors do in the master's work. Yet they would work together again on "The Paradine Case." It's enjoyable enough, but doesn't feel much like a Hitchcock film. Mauren O'Hara co-stars, in her first role, and Robert Newton, who would later gain fame as Long John Silver, plays a good guy. There is no Hitchcock cameo either.

btmslt Nov 07, 2012

An intereesting thriller with some great acting by Charles Laughton.

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

We only have the dvd at this library, it's a shame as this is an excellent book by Du Maurier. The dvd is good, but the book is far superior.

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