Jamaica Inn (1939)

Jamaica Inn is a 1939 film made by Alfred Hitchcock adapted from Daphne du Maurier‘s 1936 novel of the same name, the first of three of du Maurier’s works that Hitchcock adapted (the others were her novel Rebecca and short story “The Birds“). Critics disparaged the film and today it is considered one of Hitchcock’s lesser films.

Charles Laughton was a co-producer as well, and he interfered greatly with Hitchcock’s direction. Laughton was originally cast as the uncle, but he cast himself in the role of villain, which was originally to be a hypocritical preacher, but was rewritten as a squire because unsympathetic portrayals of the clergy were forbidden by the Production Code in Hollywood. Laughton then demanded that Hitchcock give his character, Squire Pengallon, greater screen time. This forced Hitchcock to reveal that Pengallon was a villain in league with the smugglers earlier in the film than Hitchcock had initially planned. Laughton’s acting was a problem point as well for Hitchcock. Laughton portrayed the Squire as having a mincing walk, to the beat of a German waltz which he played in his head, while Hitchcock thought it was out of character. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica_Inn_(film)

IMDB Ratings: 6.2/10, In Cornwall, around 1800, a young woman discovers that she’s living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031505/

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