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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

Juno and the Paycock 1930

  • The Shame of Mary Boyle
  • Watched on Monday Nov 2, 2020 via DVD
    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Unengaging adaptation of Seán O’Casey’s play about a poor Dublin family undone by an unexpected windfall during the Irish Civil War. Hitchcock limits his formal rigor to constructing long takes which—combined with the monologue-heavy script—give the sense of watching a filmed stage performance. The film even drops O’Casey’s final gut-punch scene. Often ignored in Hitchcock’s oeuvre for good reason.