A smash success as a stage play, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK did not translate well to film, even under the sure hand of master filmmaker Hitchcock. This was Hitchcock's second sound film, after MURDER (1930), but he could do little with it other than film the stage play by the venerable
O'Casey. It's a poignant story about a lower class family that expects to inherit what is for it a great fortune. Some of the family members lose their heads completely in blue-skying a fortune that never comes, and others remain level-headed and fatalistic. And there's much tragedy here, more
than happiness or mirth. The daughter is about to give birth to an illegitimate child, and the s...