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Rebecca -- When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants.

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Director:
Writers:
Daphne Du Maurier (celebrated novel)
Robert E. Sherwood (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
12 April 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The shadow of this woman darkened their love. See more »
Plot:
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Joan Fontaine is so beautiful See more (248 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laurence Olivier ... 'Maxim' de Winter

Joan Fontaine ... Mrs. de Winter

George Sanders ... Jack Favell

Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Danvers

Nigel Bruce ... Major Giles Lacy

Reginald Denny ... Frank Crawley

C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel Julyan

Gladys Cooper ... Beatrice Lacy
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Van Hopper
Melville Cooper ... Coroner

Leo G. Carroll ... Dr. Baker
Leonard Carey ... Ben
Lumsden Hare ... Tabbs
Edward Fielding ... Frith
Philip Winter ... Robert
Forrester Harvey ... Chalcroft
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Bevan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Outside Phone Booth (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Mullen (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Hotel Headwaiter (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Hotel Dining Room Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Daphne Du Maurier (celebrated novel)

Robert E. Sherwood (screen play) and
Joan Harrison (screen play)

Philip MacDonald (adaptation) and
Michael Hogan (adaptation)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
W. Donn Hayes (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Makeup Department
Monte Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmond F. Bernoudy .... assistant director (as Edmond Bernoudy)
D. Ross Lederman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Eric Stacey .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Howard Bristol .... interior decorator
Joseph B. Platt .... interiors designed by
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Noyes .... recorder
Arthur Johns .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Simpson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur E. Arling .... camera operator (uncredited)
Vincent J. Farrar .... camera operator (uncredited)
Lloyd Knechtel .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Fred Parrish .... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Archie Stout .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
John F. Warren .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry L. Wolf .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
James E. Newcom .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... music associate (as Lou Forbes)
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... scenario assistant
W.A. Bagley .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Russell Birdwell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Katherine Brown .... story editor (uncredited)
Adele Cannon .... script clerk (uncredited)
Val Lewton .... story editor (uncredited)
Marcella Rabwin .... executive assistant to producer (uncredited)
Lydia Schiller .... continuity supervisor (uncredited)
David O. Selznick .... presenter (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Selznick International Pictures (as A Selznick International Picture) (as Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's celebrated novel)
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Runtime:
130 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1996) (2006) (2012) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1992) (1996) (2000) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5969) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In her autobiography, Maureen O'Hara states that she was the first choice for the lead role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the luncheon, de Winter and the Narrator are standing on the steps waving goodbye, Jasper the dog moves from one side of the steps to the other between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. de Winter:[about her father] He had a theory that if you should find one perfect thing, or place or person, you should stick to it. Do you think that's very silly?
Maxim de Winter:No, i'm a firm believer in that myself.
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Soundtrack:
Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)See more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Why did Mrs Danvers reveal Rebecca's room and private things to the new Mrs de Winter?
Is this movie based on a book?
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100 out of 137 people found the following review useful.
Joan Fontaine is so beautiful, 27 October 2004
Author: Jason Forestein (jay4stein79@yahoo.com) from somerville, ma

I spent the majority of this film thinking about how lucky M. Olivier really was. To be able to wrap his arms around Joan Fontaine and kiss her. Oh my. She's one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen (almost, but not quite as beautiful as Veronica Lake). She's also absolutely perfect in the role of the second Mrs. DeWinter, taking a character that could have become a cloying bore in less capable hands and transforming her into a sympathetic and interesting figure.

The movie, on the whole, is similarly amazing, capturing the spirit and the tone of those great Gothic romances. Watching Rebecca, I was reminded (pleasantly) of Wuthering Heights; I do not mean to suggest that in some way this film re-tells the tale of Cathy and Heathcliff, but rather that Rebecca has the feel of Bronte's novel (I am most certainly not talking about the William Wyler adaptation a few years before the release of Rebecca. That's a terrible film that somehow manages to mis-interpret the novel).

I must assume that the guiding hand of Hitchcock played no small role in recreating the feel of a Gothic romance. There are very few that would be able to take a love story, infuse it with such gloom, with such a sense of foreboding, and still manage to create something that ends happily without it feeling like a cop-out. I'd also like to draw everyone's attention to the incredibly moving section of the film that occurs between the arrival of the second Mrs. DeWinter at Mandalay and the masqued ball. The emotional strain on the Joan Fontaine character is so palpable, so absolutely taxing, that it actually pains me to watch. I hurt along with her. Few other movies affect me so emotionally - one of them is Vertigo.

All in all, this is a fantastic piece of film-making from Hollywood's golden age. Laurence Olivier is in top-form, as he plays the quiet, sad Maxim and George Sanders is positively hateful.

10/10 - a visceral masterpiece

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