Rebecca (1940) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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>
  • On holiday in Monte Carlo, the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter meets a young woman who is working as a lady's companion to Mrs. Van Hopper. They spend a good deal of time together and it leads to love marriage. The second Mrs. de Winter is somewhat overwhelmed however when, after their honeymoon, they return to his vast estate, Manderley. She not only has to deal with a huge house and numerous servants but also with the dour and domineering housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. She soon feels inferior and a disappointment to everyone, particularly her husband Max and Mrs. Danvers - who still adores her dead mistress. Not all is as it seems however particularly after a striking discovery is made in the sea near Manderley.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • A young woman is in Monte Carlo, working as a ladies' companion, when she meets the recently-widowered, and very wealthy, Maxim De Winter. They fall in love and get married soon thereafter. The De Winters take up residence in Maxim's family estate, Mandalay. Mrs De Winter finds it hard to fit in. The presence of Maxim's deceased wife, Rebecca, seems to permeate through the house and Mrs De Winter can't shake the feeling that she is constantly being compared to her and that she is an interloper. Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca's personal maid, also takes care to make things as uncomfortable as possible for the new Mrs De Winter. Mrs De Winter has the constant fear that memories of Rebecca will drive her and Maxim apart. Over time, she grows to know more and more about Rebecca.

    - Written by grantss
  • Maxim de Winter, still troubled by the death of his first wife Rebecca, falls in love with a shy ladies' companion. They get married, but the second Mrs. de Winter discovers that Rebecca still has a strong hold on everyone in the house, particularly on Mrs. Denvers, the housekeeper, who begins driving the young wife to madness.

    - Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>
  • A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

    - Written by Anonymous


The film begins with a female voiceover: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again", to images of a ruined country manor. The heroine is a very young (and nameless) woman (Joan Fontaine)...

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