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Jamaica Inn Details


Alfred Hitchcock directed this disappointing misfire, memorable solely for the fact is that it is the final film from Hitchcock's early British period before he left for the Hollywood studio system and David O. Selznick. In the England of the 1800s, a group of ruthless smugglers, led by Sir Humphrey Pengallon (Charles Laughton), prey on ships by blacking out warning signals. When the ships crash on the rocks, the nefarious group loots the remains and kills the sailors. The plot kicks in when the beautiful orphan Mary Yelland (Maureen O'Hara) goes to visit her uncle Joss Merlyn (Leslie Banks) at a creepy hotel called the Jamaica Inn, the home of the gang of smugglers. Mary doesn't realize that Uncle Joss is one of them. Meanwhile, Lloyd's of London sends one of their ablest men, Jem Trahearne (Robert Newton), to investigate the recurring shipwrecks. Jem checks in to the Jamaica Inn, and when the coven of smugglers finds out who he is, they capture him and attempt to kill him. But Mary comes to his rescue and saves him. Through the inn, the smugglers try to recapture Jem -- along with Mary. Thrown together by dire circumstances, the two fall in love. Meanwhile, all the shenanigans occurring at the Jamaica Inn appear to be driving Pengallon insane. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 1939


Charles Laughton
as Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Maureen O'Hara
as Mary Yelland
Emlyn Williams
as Harry the Peddler
Hay Petrie
as Groom
Robert Newton
as Jem Trehearne
Leslie Banks
as Joss Merlyn
Basil Radford
as Pengallan's Guest
Frederick Piper
as Broker
Marie Ney
as Patience Merlyn
Mervyn Johns
as Thomas
Wylie Watson
as Salvation Watkins
Stephen Haggard
as Boy
William Devlin
as Pengallan's Tenant
George Curzon
as Pengallan's Guest
Harry Lane
Aubrey Mather
Mary Jerrold
O.B. Clarence
Edwin Greenwood
as Dandy
Herbert Lomas
as Pengallan's Tenant
Morland Graham
as Sea-Lawyer Sidney


Alfred Hitchcock
Erich Pommer
Charles Laughton
Joan Harrison
Sidney Gilliat
Alma Reville
Harry Stradling
Bernard Knowles
Robert Hamer
Hugh Perceval
Production Manager
Ern Westmore