Jamaica Inn

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Based on a Daphne DuMaurier story, this Alfred Hitchcock thriller stars Charles Laughton as Squire Pengallon, the head of a band of smugglers in Victorian-era England.

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Maureen O'Hara
as Mary - His Niece
Charles Laughton
as Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Leslie Banks
as Joss Merlyn
Emlyn Williams
as Harry the Peddler
Robert Newton
as Jem Trehearne
Wylie Watson
as Salvation Watkins
Marie Ney
as Patience Merlyn
Morland Graham
as Sea-Lawyer Sydney
Horace Hodges
as Chadwick, the Butler
John Longden
as Capt. Johnson
A. Bromley Davenport
as Another Guest
Aubrey Mather
as Coachman
Marie Ault
as Coach Passenger
O.B. Clarence
as Coach Passenger
Mary Jerrold
as Miss Black
Archie Harradine
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Harry Lane
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
William Fazan
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Alan Lewis
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Philip Ray
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Smith
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert A'Dair
as Captain Murray
Sam Lee
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Jamaica Inn

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Laughton is compelling from the first instant: His Pengallan is at least five of the seven deadly sins rolled into one, a cheerfully loathsome creature with wide-set eyebrows and a multitude of chins ...

Feb 3, 2015 | Full Review…

By common consent, one of Alfred Hitchcock's poorest and least personal works, though it has some compensations.

Mar 20, 2012 | Full Review…

Superb direction, excellent casting, expressive playing and fine production offset an uneven screenplay to make Jamaica Inn a gripping version of the Daphne du Maurier novel.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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The result is weird, but not wonderful.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Having set his own standards, Alfred Hitchcock must be judged by them; and, by them, his Jamaica Inn is merely journeyman melodrama.

Mar 25, 2006 | Full Review…

It could have come across as strictly a work-for-hire gig, but it displays enough Hitchcockery to show he wasn't as disengaged from the material as he would later claim he was.

May 18, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jamaica Inn

With plenty of shots throughout the film of raging seas, this is a different film for Mr Alfred Hitchcock, with the emphasis on drama + action = adventure. Robert Newton as a hero type is different as well but the focus undoubtedly turns on the performance by Charles Laughton as a soul a) slowly going mad, b) unaware of that and, c) kind of enjoying the ride. Why this is seen as Hitchcock-lite I'll never know. I think it was great.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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This is my favourite of Hitchcock's 30s movies, it's exciting, thrilling, and romantic. It has great actors too.

Aj V
Aj V

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it's pretty weak for hitchcock; way too melodramatic with alot of bad acting, including a ridiculous performance by charles laughton! too bad; i love sea adventures...

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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"Jamaica Inn" is a rarity in Hitchcock's filmography: a film that was BEHIND its time (it could have been an early talkie). It is notable only for the hints of sexual perversion one can find in the performances of Charles Laughton and Leslie Banks; in fact, the villains of the piece are much more interesting than the bland heroes. No "Juno and the Paycock", but still one of Hitchcock's weakest

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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