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Rebecca (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 12 April 1940 (USA)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.



(celebrated novel), (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #158 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Crawley
Dr. Baker
Edward Fielding ...
Philip Winter ...


A shy ladies' companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The shadow of this woman darkened their love. See more »


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Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rebeka  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,288,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


As per Alfred Hitchcock's instructions, Judith Anderson plays Mrs. Danvers while rarely blinking her eyes. See more »


When the de Winters first arrive at Manderlay and have got wet in the rain, Mrs de Winters's hair alternates between being almost dry to being rather wet. See more »


Mrs. Danvers: [just as the second Mrs. de Winter reaches for the door] You wouldn't think she'd been gone so long, would you? Sometimes, when I walk along the corridor, I fancy I hear her just behind me. That quick light step, I couldn't mistake it anywhere. It's not only in this room, it's in all the rooms in the house. I can almost hear it now.
[turns to the petrified second Mrs. de Winter]
Mrs. Danvers: Do you think the dead come back and watch the living?
The Second Mrs. de Winter: [sobbing] N-no, I don't believe it.
Mrs. Danvers: Sometimes, I wonder if she ...
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Crazy Credits

The original 1940 credits read "Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". The credits on the re-issue version read "The Selznick Studio presents its production of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". See more »


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Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Hummed by Joan Fontaine
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User Reviews

My brief review of the film
3 January 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A stylishly directed and photographed film that examines a number of themes, such a deception, death and depression, and explores well the emotions of its characters. It is rare to find a film like this, as it tackles various genres, ranging from being a romance to a mystery to a drama to even a comedy at times, and all without seeming pretentious. The cast is truly magnificent. Judith Anderson is a stunner is a quiet but sinister role, and George Sanders is even more impressive in lively but also sinister performance. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are perfect for their roles too. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Cinematography quite deservingly – this is one of the best films Hollywood has ever produced.

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