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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:
A Fine Classic 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 .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hans Sommer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... 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:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 6, 1950 with Laurence Olivier reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera dollying back from Mrs. de Winter sitting on a chair brushes some flowers on a table.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Favell:You know, old boy, I have a strong feeling... that before the day is out, somebody's going to make use of that... rather expressive, though somewhat old-fashioned term ''foul play.''See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)See more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
How does the movie end?
Why didn't Maxim fire Mrs Danvers after Rebecca died?
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23 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A Fine Classic, 26 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This fine classic combines a great director, a great story, and a great cast. Any one of those would have made for a good movie, but all three make it an excellent one. Hitchcock's style and eye for detail combine very well with a story (from a novel that is extremely good in its own right) filled with psychological fear and settings that are interesting and suggestive.

Most of the time the story itself moves fairly slowly, allowing the focus to be on the characters, but there are also a couple of very good plot twists, which can be very surprising if you've not seen the movie or read the novel. So if you happen not to know the story, it's a good idea to see the film before reading a lot of comments about it. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, and George Sanders are all perfectly cast and do a wonderful job bringing their characters to life, and making you feel a part of the story.

"Rebecca" should be satisfying not only to any Hitchcock fan, but to anyone who likes classic movies. Whether you like romance, suspense, or drama, they're all here, and put together by a director and cast that are masters of their art.

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