Mayflower Pictures/
Associated British Picture Corporation
Release date: 12 May 1939
Time: - mins - secs
Rating: 7/10

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
From the novel "Jamaica Inn" by Daphne Du Maurier
Screenplay: Sidney Gilliat, Joan Harrison
Producer: Erich Pommer
Music: Bernard Hermann
Cinematography: Harry Stradling Sr.
Editor: Robert Hamer
Music: Eric Fenby

A gang of cutthroats lure a ship onto the rocks of a Cornish coast one night when one of their members deliberately covers a beacon on a cliff and blocks out the light. After a brief struggle, the gang storm the wrecked boat and murder all on board before plundering it of all valuables and vanishing into the darkness. That night a young woman by the name of Mary Yellan rides to a small, out of the way place known as Jamaica Inn, a notorious gathering place for the criminals but the coachman refuses to stop there, instead letting her off some way past it. She takes refuge at a nearby mansion where Sir Humphrey Pengallan, a snobby, wealthy and pompous man is holding a dinner party for some fellow guests. He is immediately infatuated with her and descides to escort her himself to Jamaica Inn.
When there Mary, who has traveled from Ireland, finds her Aunt Patience and tells her she is going to be staying there for a while following her mother's recent death. The news is not so much welcomed by Patience's husband Joss but he agrees to let her stay. That night the sailors, held up at the inn discover that one of their newer members has been deceiving the rest of the group by not declaring his share of the stolen treasures and it is determined that he be hanged so as to set an example.


This was the first of three stories by Daphne Du Maurier that Alfred Hitchcock filmed; the others being Rebecca (1940), and The Birds (1963).
A decent TV-movie version was made in 1983.
Personal opinion
"By no means a classic, but unfiarly and severely underrated by many critics."

Charles Laughton
Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Leslie Banks
Joss Merlyn
Maureen O'Hara
Mary Yellan
Marie Ney
Aunt Patience
Robert Newton
Jim Trehearne
Horace Hodges
Chadwick, Sir Humphrey's butler
Emlyn Williams
Harry, the peddlar
Wylie Watson
Salvation Watkins
Edwin Greenwood
Morland Graham
Mabel Terry Lewis
Lady Beston
A. Bromley Davenport
O.B. Clarence
Coach passenger
Marie Ault
Coach passenger
Aubrey Mather



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