Juno and the Paycock
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Alfred Hitchcock's second talkie was a surprisingly static adaptation of the Sean O'Casey stage drama Juno and the Paycock. Set during the Irish "troubles" of the early 1920s, the film focuses on the trials and tribulations of a typical Dublin tenement family. Sara Allgood is brilliant as family matriarch Juno Boyle, who must contend with her bibulous, braggadocio husband, Captain Jack Boyle (Edward Chapman), known as the "paycock" because he always struts around like he owns the world. As Captain Jack carouses with his drinking buddy Joxer Daly (Sydney Morgan),… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Three-quarters of the film is just photographed stage play -- excellently photographed, but slow in action."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It had nothing to do with cinema, Hitchcock himself had said of his adaptation of Sean O'Casey play, though it's well acted by Sara Allgood and the rest of the ensemble"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Static medium shots keep the actors in full view, yet the film is as much of a visual experiment as Blackmail or Number Seventeen"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"By its failure to blend the two poles of drama the film resolves itself into virtually two plays."
‑ , New York Times
"Though well photographed, the action is incredibly slow for Hitchcock."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hitch gets a chance to flex his cinematic muscle with a predictably dramatic ending. Alas, it is too late to save what is essentially a theatrical experience."
‑ , Film4
"A fairly deadly case of canned theater that's pretty close to what Hitchcock many years later would refer to as 'photographs of people talking.'"
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A faithful Casey adaptation, but one that's stagebound and lackluster."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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