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Set in 19th-century Cornwall, this tale of a young woman who visits her aunt, only to discover she's residing in a haven for throat-slashing pirates, is one of Hitchcock's lesser-known films. A period melodrama, the film features an excellent Maureen O'Hara in one of her earlier roles. JAMAICA INN is based on Daphne Du Maurier's famous novel of the same name.
Maureen O'Hara - Actress, MIRACLE ON 34 STREET, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Maureen FitzSimmons - Actress, MIRACLE ON 34 STREET, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Joan Harrison - British Writer/Producer
Charles Laughton - British Actor/Director
Leslie Banks - British Actor
Sidney Gilliat - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Emlyn Williams - Actor/Screenwriter/Director
Alma Reville - Screenwriter
Bernard Knowles - British Director/Director Of Photography
Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Sir Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Harry Stradling - Director Of Photography
Harry Stradling Sr. - Director Of Photography
Edwin Greenwood - Screenwriter
Robert Hamer - British Director/Editor
Erich Pommer - German Producer/USA & UK
A gripping adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel, JAMAICA INN is the story of a teenage orphaned girl who goes to live with relatives on the Cornish Moors and finds herself involved in a violent smuggling scheme. The Cornish seacoast and the moors is the background for Charles Laughton, a villainous squire who leads a pack of smugglers falsely luring boats to the area. The boats crash on the rocks, killing the passengers and allowing the smugglers to loot the cargo. An undercover investigator arrives from Lloyds of London to gather information on the truth behind the multiple shipwrecks, and O'Hara finds herself having to take a stance and help him from being hung by the evil pirates.
Theatrical release: May 1939. JAMAICA INN was the fourth novel by Daphne du Maurier and her first best-seller. The film was remade for television in 1985, starring Jane Seymour and Patrick McGoohan.