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Rebecca (1940 | Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine)

Hitchcock’s first Hollywood feature (and one of his best) is a disturbing, deeply psychological retelling of Daphne Du Maurier’s melodramatic best seller

Daphne Du Maurier’s bestseller is the story of a young woman’s marriage to a handsome, wealthy and troubled Cornish landowner, Maxim de Winter. The first Mrs de Winter (Rebecca) has died in suspicious circumstances, and her still devoted housekeeper ensures that her memory haunts the house and the new wife’s dreams.

Hitchcock develops his source material to give it greater psychological depth, and the dream-like direction of the film adds to an increasingly disturbing atmosphere.

Fontaine is excellent as the pathetic, innocent, thoroughly annoying second wife, while Anderson steals the show as the bitter and sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers.

Laurence Olivier as ‘Maxim’ de Winter
Joan Fontaine as Mrs. de Winter (2nd)
George Sanders as Jack Favell
Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers
Nigel Bruce as Major Giles Lacy
Reginald Denny as Frank Crawley
C. Aubrey Smith as Colonel Julyan
Gladys Cooper as Beatrice Lacy
Florence Bates as Edythe Van Hopper
Melville Cooper as Coroner
Leo G. Carroll as Dr. Baker
Leonard Carey as Ben
Lumsden Hare as Tabbs
Edward Fielding as Frith
Philip Winter as Robert
Forrester Harvey as Chalcroft
Billy Bevan as Policeman (uncredited)
Gino Corrado as Manager of Princesse Hotel (uncredited)
Egon Brecher as Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock as Man Outside Phone Booth (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson as Mullen (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell as Hotel Headwaiter (uncredited)
William H. O’Brien as Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell as Hotel Dining Room Guest (uncredited)
Phyllis Woodward as Little Girl (uncredited)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Story: Daphne Du Maurier
Script: Philip MacDonald, Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison, Michael Hogan

USA | 130 minutes | 1940

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