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Jamaica Inn (1939)



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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 ...

February 3, 2015 | Full Review…

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

March 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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The result is weird, but not wonderful.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Having set his own standards, Alfred Hitchcock must be judged by them; and, by them, his Jamaica Inn is merely journeyman melodrama.

March 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


Recently orphaned, Mary(Maureen O'Hara) travels to stay with her Aunt Patience(Marie Ney) but soon finds she lives in the kind of place that the coach driver wants nothing to do with. But luckily for Mary, Sir Humphrey Pengallen(Charles Laughton) makes up the difference and escorts her to the correct address. And then she almost wishes he hadn't. That's because Patience's husband, Joss(Leslie Banks), is the leader of a bunch of cutthroats, responsible for a bunch of deadly shipwrecks in the area, who have now turned on Traherne(Robert Newton), one of their own. Riddle me this: When is a Hitchcock film not a Hitchcock film but in reality a Hitchcock film? The answer is "Jamaica Inn" which on the surface is just another period piece that gets off to an awkward start in introducing all the principal characters. But then it picks up steam, even with the dated material and primitive special effects, as there is more than one character who is not who he says he is. The fact that there is a little delusion mixed in is only icing on the cake, along with some excellent work from Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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