Jamaica Inn is a 1939 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The film tells the story of Mary Yellan (played by Maureen O’Hara), a young woman who goes to live with her aunt and uncle at their remote and eerie inn on the Cornish coast of England.
Upon arriving at the inn, Mary discovers that her uncle, Joss (played by Leslie Banks), is the leader of a gang of smugglers who use the inn as a base for their illegal activities. She also meets Jem Trehearne (played by Robert Newton), a handsome and mysterious man who is also involved with the smugglers. As Mary becomes increasingly drawn into their world, she must decide whether to keep their secrets or risk everything to expose them.
The film is known for its suspenseful atmosphere, stunning cinematography, and powerful performances, particularly by O’Hara and Banks. It was a critical and commercial success upon its release, and is still considered one of Hitchcock’s finest early works.
Daphne Du Maurier, Sidney Gilliat, Joan Harrison
Maureen O’Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton