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Jamaica Inn

“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.”

A quote from Jamaica Inn

(coachman racing passed the inn)

To resume with honoring “the eagle eyes” behind “the master of suspense”, Alma Reville, here is a film in which she received a continuity credit for. Jamaica Inn (1939) is an adventure thriller adapted from the 1936 novel of the same name written by Daphne du Maurier. Starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara, in her first major role as the young orphan, Mary, who is sent to live with her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss – the owners of the Jamaica Inn after the death of her mother. While there, Mary soon becomes aware that the inn is a base for a gang of smugglers and thieves, who lure ships to their doom for a profit. Mary begins to fear for her life.

This one hour 48 minute film was the final film Alfred Hitchcock directed in the United Kingdom before moving his family to Hollywood. Though there are those who believe that this feature is one of Hitchcock’s worst, I have to respectfully disagree. The story is very noteworthy and the performances by Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara are, in my opinion, are stellar. Watch it and judge for yourself.

Jamaica Inn can be viewed on YouTube for free. Enjoy!

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