The Shame of Mary Boyle (Juno and the Paycock)
The Shame of Mary Boyle (Juno and the Paycock) (1930)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 29, 1930
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Three-quarters of the film is just photographed stage play -- excellently photographed, but slow in action.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Fernando F. Croce

Static medium shots keep the actors in full view, yet the film is as much of a visual experiment as Blackmail or Number Seventeen

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New York Times

By its failure to blend the two poles of drama the film resolves itself into virtually two plays.

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TV Guide

Though well photographed, the action is incredibly slow for Hitchcock.

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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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.'

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A faithful Casey adaptation, but one that's stagebound and lackluster.

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Flixster Audience Score: 11% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is one of Hitchcock's early efforts, and, I believe, his second "talkie". It's also a very atypical effort in that it is a human drama… More
Bruce Bruce
One of the real Early Works of Alfred Hitchcock, has it his first, I don't know, but it lacks any real sign of the master himself in this film. I would… More