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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 »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
All around, an excellent production. See more (285 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)
Phyllis Woodward ... Little Girl (uncredited)

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)
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
 
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)
Ellis W. Carter .... second unit camera operator (uncredited)
Vincent J. Farrar .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Higgins .... second unit assistant camera (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 | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Norway:16 (1946) | 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:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #5969) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Over 20 actresses were tested for the role of Mrs. de Winter, which eventually went to newcomer Joan Fontaine. One of them was Vivien Leigh, whom Laurence Olivier was pressing for, as they were a couple at the time.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the outside take of Manderley seen in the scene where the Narrator stares at one window being closed, it's a miniature, as is the 'Mrs Danvers' dummy dressed in black. You can realize this by the motion of the window as it's being closed, not in a continuous way, but by little fast jumps, which look too unreal.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Danvers:Oh, you've moved her brush, haven't you?
[moves it slightly]
Mrs. Danvers:There, that's better. Just as she always laid it down. "Come on, Danny, hair drill," she would say.
[picks up the brush and goes through the motions of combing the second Mrs. De Winter's hair, without actually touching it]
Mrs. Danvers:And I'd stand behind her like this and brush away for twenty minutes at a time.
[lays down the brush and looks at the portrait of Maxim]
Mrs. Danvers:Then she would say, "Good night, Danny," and step into her bed.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)See more »

FAQ

Why didn't Maxim fire Mrs Danvers after Rebecca died?
Why did Mrs Danvers reveal Rebecca's room and private things to the new Mrs de Winter?
How closely does the movie follow the novel?
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38 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
All around, an excellent production., 3 December 2003
Author: Elswet from .: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.

his movie is a 10 from the very beginning. The casting is brilliant, the story is hauntingly beautiful, the performances are the best of what Hollywood once was, and the sets are of quality design and architecture. The direction is awesome, but it's Hitchcock, and I expect nothing less from his productions.

Rebecca is a glamorous, beautiful socialite who has won the hearts of all who knew her. Well, almost all. But a year after her untimely death, her grieving husband near his wit's end, has grown seemingly suicidal and aloof.

He engages his grief while on a trip to Monte Carlo, and meets the beautiful personal secretary and maid of a long-time friend, Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper. She is young, naive, and completely unprepared for the life which is awaiting her; all qualities which George Fortescu Maximillian 'Maxim' de Winter finds endearing.

I won't detail the events in this movie, as the story itself is quite haunting, with surprises around every turn.

This is a definite "must have" in any suspense / horror / Hitchcock / classics movie collection, and a mandatory must see for all fans of all movies.

It rates a 10/10 for its absolute perfection, from...

the Fiend :.

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