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Juno and the Paycock

Juno and the Paycock (1949)


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Alfred Hitchcock's second talkie was a surprisingly static adaptation of the Sean O'Casey stage drama Juno and the Paycock. Set during the Irish "troubles" of the early 1920s, the film focuses on the trials and tribulations of a typical Dublin tenement family. Sara Allgood is brilliant as family matriarch Juno Boyle, who must contend with her bibulous, braggadocio husband, Captain Jack Boyle (Edward Chapman), known as the "paycock" because he always struts around like he owns the world. As



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Three-quarters of the film is just photographed stage play -- excellently photographed, but slow in action.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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By its failure to blend the two poles of drama the film resolves itself into virtually two plays.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A fairly deadly case of canned theater that's pretty close to what Hitchcock many years later would refer to as 'photographs of people talking.'

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It had nothing to do with cinema, Hitchcock himself had said of his adaptation of Sean O'Casey play, though it's well acted by Sara Allgood and the rest of the ensemble

November 14, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Though well photographed, the action is incredibly slow for Hitchcock.

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A faithful Casey adaptation, but one that's stagebound and lackluster.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Static medium shots keep the actors in full view, yet the film is as much of a visual experiment as Blackmail or Number Seventeen

February 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Hitch gets a chance to flex his cinematic muscle with a predictably dramatic ending. Alas, it is too late to save what is essentially a theatrical experience.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Juno and the Paycock

This is one of Hitchcock's early efforts, and, I believe, his second "talkie". It's also a very atypical effort in that it is a human drama based on an acclaimed play concerning the trials and tribulations of an average Dublin tenemant family during Ireland's "troubles" in the early 1920s.

That it covers material different from what Hitch would later become a master at makes it kinda interesting, if only to see how he would handle things. Well, apparently this film is a close adaptation, but that doesn't mean that it really works.

In all honesty, this film is a real drag. It's boring, unengaging, and reminded me a lot (to an extent) of Angela's Ashes, only not as good and harder to sit through. It also feels far longer than it is. Sara Allgood gives a decent performance, and holds everything together, but everyone else falls short. On top of that, the sound quality is pretty bad (the kinks hadn't been worked out yet) and that, combined with the thick accents of some of the performers makes it really difficult to discern what is going on at times.

Visually the film is at least sort of interesting, with a bulk of the film being a series of static medium shots, sometimes done in long takes. Aside from that though, the film isn't really innovative or captivating.

I don't really recommend it unless you are a completist or have a big fascination with early "talkies".
December 19, 2011
Chris Weber

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One of the real Early Works of Alfred Hitchcock, has it his first, I don't know, but it lacks any real sign of the master himself in this film. I would give it a 1/2 star but Being a Hitchcock film, I will give it a single star. Think its supposed to be a British Comedy, no wonder I never dated a British Girl, Dry as a Bone. Must have come out right after sound was put on film, It came in a 10 Movie Hitchcock Collection. Your time is better spent playing in the middle of the road of a busy highway. If Hitchcock makes and appearance in this one, will someone please tell me where. 1 star its TRASH
October 14, 2009
Bruce Bruce

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    1. Juno Boyle: And don't be acting as if you couldn't pull a wing off a dead bee.
    – Submitted by Alan W (2 years ago)
    1. Juno Boyle: For the want of a nail a shoe was lost, and for the want of a shoe a horse was lost, and for the want of a horse a man was lost. Twas a darling proverb.
    – Submitted by Alan W (2 years ago)
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