JAMAICA INN

(1939)
With Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Hay Petrie, Emlyn Williams, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     One of the few complete misfires from Alfred Hitchcock's career, JAMAICA INN is often ranked with TOPAZ as the director's all-time worst film.  Charles Laughton, in an almost offensively hammy performance, is an English gentleman who leads a gang of ruthless killers and smugglers during his off-hours from being a gentleman.  The film looks hastily thrown together, which it probably was.  It was Hitchcock's last British film before leaving for America to honor his lucrative new contract with David O. Selznick, and the master couldn't wait to get this contractual obligation out of the way before moving on to the next phase of his life and career.  He doesn't even bother to put in a cameo appearance in this one.  - JL

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