Jamaica Inn

Synopsis: Set in Cornwall where a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are the landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realizes that her uncle's inn is the base of a gang of ship wreckers who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. The girl starts fearing for her life.
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

(Wind howls)

- Can you make out the beacon light?

- Not yet!

- About time we came up with it.

- Look to starboard!


I've lost it. It's gone. Did you see it?


Nothing there!




Tell 'em to make sure

no-one gets clear of the wreck!

No-one, d'you hear?

(Man shouts orders)

That's all! Load up the horses!

Carry the rest yourselves!

Come on!

(Man barks orders)

Get the stuff up to the inn!

Come on!

Come along now!

You're sure no-one got away?

You can reckon on that, Joss.

Aye, you can reckon on that.



I told you to make certain, you fool!

Can't you use your eyes?

Do you want the lot of us to swing?

(Agonised scream)


I don't like it. I don't like it at all.

- That place gives me the creeps.

- Eh?

That place. Jamaica Inn. It's got a bad name.

It's not healthy, that's why.

There's queer things goes on there.

Queer things. I won't stop there,

not if she were to offer me double fare.

Is Jamaica Inn on this road?


How much further is Jamaica Inn?

Come on! Come on!

Come on! Gee up!

Why are we going so fast?

What's happened? Have the horses bolted?

It's Jamaica Inn.

But this is where I want to get out.

Hi, coachman! Why don't you stop?

I want to get out!

Coachman, listen to me, you fool!

Pull up at once!

Why don't you stop, you fool?

Stop, I tell you!


Why didn't you stop? Are you deaf?

I've been shouting myself silly.

You've taken me past Jamaica Inn.

Take me back at once.

You'd better try Squire Pengallan's instead.

They say he's partial to young women.

Here's your box. Gee up!

I think we owe a toast to Sir Humphrey.

Sir Humphrey.

Eh? What?

Jove, yes.


Thank you.

Might have asked you to drink the health of

His brand-new Majesty George IV, but I forgot.

Fact is, I haven't been on speaking terms

for years with the fat fool.

You were much in his company at

one time, Sir Humphrey.

When Charlie Fox and Sheridan would

be there with him in the Pavilion at Brighton.

In those days he was still a gentleman.

Now he's nothing but a painted bag

of maraschino and plum pudding.


Last summer we made a tour of the lakes.

Which lake do you admire the most,

Sir Humphrey?


Which lake did I admire the most?

- Windermere, sir.

- Windermere.

It is very beautiful.

Why not a toast to beauty, Sir Humphrey?

Why not?

Chadwick, my figurine.

I need inspiration, by gad.

- Oh, there's beauty.

- But it's not alive.

It's more alive than half the people here.

Look at them, what?

You want to see beauty alive? Chadwick!

Ask Sam how long Nancy's going to be.

- Nancy?

- The most beautiful creature west of Exeter.

That's why he stays here

and never comes to London any more.

He keeps a girl here, the monster.

- Then I prefer not to make her acquaintance.

- No. I'm curious.

Yes, by Jove.

Have her in, Pengallan.

Here she is.

My exquisite Nancy.

(Horse whinnies)

(Murmurs of surprise)

Brought me in a hundred guineas yesterday.

Ran away with the Bodmin Steeplechase,

didn't you, my dear? Chadwick, what's that?

It's a woman, sir.

Don't argue with your women

when I'm entertaining.

The coachman left me stranded.

Ask your master to lend me a horse and trap.

Let's have a look at her.

Ringwood, bet you 20-1 in guineas she's ugly.

I'll take you.

Would you er...

oblige me by taking off that coat for a moment?

Why should I?

I have a wager here.

Always respect a wager.

Would you allow me?

But you're an exquisite shape, too.

My dear,

you're a beauty.


You've won.

Here y'are!

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Sidney Gilliat

Sidney Gilliat (15 February 1908 – 31 May 1994) was an English film director, producer and writer. He was the son of George Gilliat, editor of the Evening Standard, born in the district of Edgeley in Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1930s he worked as a scriptwriter, most notably with Frank Launder on The Lady Vanishes (1938) for Alfred Hitchcock, and its sequel Night Train to Munich (1940), directed by Carol Reed. He and Launder made their directorial debut co-directing the home front drama Millions Like Us (1943). From 1945 he also worked as a producer, starting with The Rake's Progress, which he also wrote and directed. He and Launder made over 40 films together, founding their own production company Individual Pictures. While Launder concentrated on directing their comedies, most famously the four St Trinian's School films, Gilliat showed a preference for comedy-thrillers and dramas, including Green for Danger (1946), London Belongs to Me (1948) and State Secret (1950). He wrote the libretto for Malcolm Williamson's opera Our Man in Havana, based on the novel by Graham Greene. He had also worked on the film. more…

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