Jamaica Inn
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By common consent, one of Alfred Hitchcock's poorest and least personal works, though it has some compensations."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Having set his own standards, Alfred Hitchcock must be judged by them; and, by them, his Jamaica Inn is merely journeyman melodrama."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Creaky, old-hat, and forgettable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Erratic effort by master Hitchcock."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Superb direction, excellent casting, expressive playing and fine production offset an uneven screenplay to make Jamaica Inn a gripping version of the Daphne du Maurier novel."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Jamaica Inn is a fraud perpetrated with great names."
‑ Franz Hoellering, The Nation
"Couched in pure silent German gothic"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Considering the nature of the production, it's no wonder that Hitch never gets inside any of the characters"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The result is weird, but not wonderful."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mostly known as Hitchcock's last British fim before leaving for Hollywood, this period piece is weak, despite star performance from Charles Laughton."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A hammy eye-rolling and eye-catching weird performance by Laughton, waddling madly around in Wellingtons and a high hat."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hitchcock's final British film before leaving for the States and a second career is a disappointing and an uncharacteristic romantic melodrama."
‑ , Film4
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