Juno and the Paycock (1930)
|Sean O'Casey (original play)|
|Jack E. Cox|
|Emile de Ruelle|
|97 minutes (8,751 feet)|
|black & white|
|mono (RCA Photophone System)|
|British International Pictures|
During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values of are. At the end, they discover they will not receive that inheritance; the family is destroyed and penniless. They must sell their home and start living like vagabonds.
Sean O'Casey's play was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in March 1924. In November the following year, The Irish Players brought Juno and the Paycock to London where it played for over 250 performances.
Although O'Casey had deep reservations about allowing his work to be filmed, Ivor Novello and Adrian Brunel persuaded him to visit Elstree Studios where he met with Hitchcock whilst he was filming Champagne. Over the following months, the two met several times and Hitchcock was not only able to secure O'Casey's approval to film Juno but also coaxed the playwright into writing a new scene for the beginning of the film.
The screen adaptation, which was relatively faithful to the play, was written by Alma Reville and provided her with her first official script credit on a Hitchcock film.
Filming took place during November and December 1929, predominantly on a single-room set.
Release & Reception
Whilst praising the film as "work of art; well photographed, well acted, and carrying conviction in every word and scene", The Times review noted that Hitchcock had "been so faithful to his text as almost to forget the medium in which he was working".
The Manchester Guardian felt that the film wasn't as good as "Blackmail" — "There is a certain lack of imagination in the grouping and the cutting, but there are also moments of beauty ... and there are many interesting uses made of sound."
A few months later, Billboard praised Allgood's performance as "one of the finest screen characterizations of the year". Their exploitation suggestions for distributors stressed the Irish angle:
For further relevant information about this film, see also...
- 1000 Frames of Juno and the Paycock (1930)
- articles about Juno and the Paycock (1930)
- web links to information, articles, reviews, etc
released in 2006
| L'Homme Qui en Savait Trop (1934) - Universal (France, 2006)|
PAL 1.33:1 [01:34:21]
released in 2005
| Juno and the Paycock (1930) - Waterfall Home Entertainment Ltd (UK, 2005)|
NTSC 1.33:1 (01:34:21)
Cast and Crew
- Barry Fitzgerald - The Orator
- Maire O'Neill - Mrs Madigan
- Edward Chapman - Captain Boyle
- Sidney Morgan - "Joxer" Daly
- Sara Allgood - Mrs Boyle ("Juno")
- John Laurie - Johnny Boyle
- Dave Morris - Jerry Devine
- Kathleen O'Regan - Mary Boyle
- John Longden - Charles Bentham
- Dennis Wyndham - The Mobilizer
- Fred Schwartz - Mr Kelly
- Donald Calthrop - Needle Nugent
Notes & References
- English Hitchcock (2000) by Charles Barr, page 227
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 127
- The play initially ran at the Royalty Theatre, Soho, from 16/Nov/1925 to 05/Mar/1926, then transferred to the Fortune Theatre in London's West End from 06/Mar/1926 until 07(?)May/1926.
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 129
- News Chronicle (1937) - Life among the Stars
- The Times (01/Jan/1930) - Juno and the Paycock: New British talking film
- The Manchester Guardian (01/Jan/1930) - An Irish "Talkie"
- Billboard (1930) - Juno and the Paycock
|Hitchcock's Major Films|
|1920s||The Pleasure Garden · The Mountain Eagle · The Lodger · Downhill · Easy Virtue · The Ring · The Farmer's Wife · Champagne · The Manxman · Blackmail|
|1930s||Juno and the Paycock · Murder! · The Skin Game · Rich and Strange · Number Seventeen · Waltzes from Vienna · The Man Who Knew Too Much · The 39 Steps · Secret Agent · Sabotage · Young and Innocent · The Lady Vanishes · Jamaica Inn|
|1940s||Rebecca · Foreign Correspondent · Mr and Mrs Smith · Suspicion · Saboteur · Shadow of a Doubt · Lifeboat · Spellbound · Notorious · The Paradine Case · Rope · Under Capricorn|
|1950s||Stage Fright · Strangers on a Train · I Confess · Dial M for Murder · Rear Window · To Catch a Thief · The Trouble with Harry · The Man Who Knew Too Much · The Wrong Man · Vertigo · North by Northwest|
|1960s||Psycho · The Birds · Marnie · Torn Curtain · Topaz|
|1970s||Frenzy · Family Plot|
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