In Cornwall, 1819, a young woman discovers she’s living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Written by Daphne Du Maurier (novel), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay), Joan Harrison (screenplay) and J.B. Priestley (additional dialogue).
Starring Maureen O’Hara, Robert Newton and Charles Laughton.
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In Cornwall, 1819, a young woman discovers she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.
In early 19th century Cornwall, a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realises her uncle's inn serves as the base for a gang of ship wreckers - who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast, and Mary begins to fear for her life.
[first title card]
Title Card: "Oh Lord, we pray thee ~~ not that wrecks should happen ~~ but that if they do happen / Thou wilt guide them ~~ to the coast of Cornwall ~~ for the benefit of the poor inhabitants."
Title Card: So ran an old Cornish prayer of the early nineteenth century, but in that lawless corner of England, before the British Coastguard Service came into being...
Title Card: ...there existed gangs who, for the sake of plunder deliberately planned the wrecks, luring ships to their doom on the cruel rocks of the wild Cornish coast.
Coachman: I don't like it. I don't like it at all. That place gives me the creeps. That place - Jamaica Inn. It's got a bad name. It's not healthy, that's why. There's queer things goes on there. Queer things.
Prisoner: I don't want to hang. I don't want to die. Not yet. I'm only a boy. I'm only seventeen. You won't let them, will you? I only did what I was told. I never killed anybody. I never even went near the wrecks. So you can't hang me. You mustn't! You daren't! Because I don't want to die. I don't want to die.
« Only HITCHCOCK could direct...Only LAUGHTON could act in this mighty drama of unbridled passions (Print Ad-Newburgh News, ((Newburgh, NY)) 5 December 1939) » ,
« He ruled Jamaica Inn...citadel of sin on the moors, curse-ridden, shunned, reviled. Enough sensations for a dozen pictures. Laughton at his most magnificent. (Print Ad- Staunton Star-Times, ((Staunton, Ills.)) 12 October 1939) »
Also known as:Jamaica Inn ( Canada ),
Jamaica Inn ( Canada ),
Jamaica Inn ( United Kingdom ),
Jamaica Inn ( Greece )