Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime
In Cornwall, 1819, a young woman discovers she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.
In his later interviews with François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock remembered with annoyance how Charles Laughton asked at the beginning of the shooting to be filmed only in close-ups, as the actor had yet to decide the way his character should walk. Laughton came to Hithcock ten days later claiming to have figured it out: the walk was apparently inspired by the beat of an old German waltz.
Can you make out the beacon light?
Sir Humphrey Pengallen is said to be an old friend of King George IV, who has recently acceded to the British throne. However, the film takes place in 1819 and George IV did not become king until January 29, 1820.
[Prologue] "Oh Lord, we pray thee -- not that wrecks should happen -- but that if they do happen Thou wilt guide them -- to the coast of Cornwall -- for the benefit of the poor inhabitants." So ran an old Cornish prayer of the early nineteenth century, but in that lawless corner of England, before the British Coastguard Service came into being . . . . . . . . . . there exited gangs who, for the sake of plunder deliberately planned the wrecks, luring ships to their doom on the cruel rocks of the wild Cornish coast.
There are about eight minutes of footage missing from various unauthorized US DVDs of Jamaica Inn. This is due to them being bootlegged from old, worn copies of edited US theatrical release prints. The missing footage should appear at the end of chapter 14 (approx 00:51:55). As Jem and Sir H leave the room, the DVD cuts to Mary, Patience and Joss at Jamaica Inn. There's now no explanation as to how Mary returned there, or why Sir H and Jem (now dressed in a military uniform) are banging on the door outside. These bootleg DVDs are known to have footage missing:
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