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
Dec 24, 1949 Limited
Capt. John "Paycock"...
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Three-quarters of the film is just photographed stage play -- excellently photographed, but slow in action.
By its failure to blend the two poles of drama the film resolves itself into virtually two plays.
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.'
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
Static medium shots keep the actors in full view, yet the film is as much of a visual experiment as Blackmail or Number Seventeen
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.
Audience Reviews for Juno and the Paycock
- Juno Boyle: And don't be acting as if you couldn't pull a wing off a dead bee.
- 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.
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