Juno and the Paycock (1949)
Juno and the Paycock (1949)
Juno and the Paycock Photos
as Juno Boyle
as Captain Boyle
as Joxer Daly
as Charles Bentham
as Mary Boyle
as Johnny Boyle
as Needle Nugent
as Maisie Madigan
as Jerry Devine
Critic Reviews for Juno and the Paycock
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
Though well photographed, the action is incredibly slow for Hitchcock.
Audience Reviews for Juno and the Paycock
This film is often noted for the fact that it is just plain slow, mainly because it is shot like a stage-play, and it is fairly true. Hitchcock took a successful play, and just shot it with very little in the way of interest or speed that the director is more commonly associated with. Quite frankly, Hitchcock's earlier British films tend not to be the kind of thing people usually think of when they hear his name. I think near the end of his time working in the British system his films became the kind of thing people think of though...this film is a dull and uninteresting (and plain) adaptation of a play, and I'm sure as a play it was far more interesting.
It's rather boring, simple, and lacking. It's not Hitchcock's best work. The story is alright but not too interesting. There are decent parts, a slow ending, but overall it's a bit hard to sit through.
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".
Juno and the Paycock Quotes
|Juno Boyle:||and don't be acting as if you couldn't pull a wing off a dead bee.|
|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.|
|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.|