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Joseph Stefano originally wrote a screen adaptation of the novel when Grace Kelly was supposed to star. Stefano's adaptation was much truer to the original book, and would have included two important characters from the novel that never made it into the final version of the film. One was a psychotherapist that Marnie was seeing at Mark's insistence, whose role ended up being merged into Mark's. The other was a man named Terry who was a co-worker of Mark's and also in love with Marnie. The part of Terry was massively reworked and ended up becoming Lil.
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After rehearsing just a few scenes with co-star Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren asked Alfred Hitchcock, "Marnie is supposed to be frigid - have you seen him?" referring to the young Connery. Hitchcock's reply was reportedly, "Yes, my dear, it's called acting."
Alfred Hitchcock, following his usual practice, bid for the film rights to Winston Graham's novel anonymously, so as to keep the price down. However, in this instance, the scheme backfired - the anonymity of the purchaser made Graham suspicious, although he regarded the amount of money on offer as extremely generous. He instructed his agent to ask for twice as much. Hitchcock agreed, on condition that the deal be closed immediately. When Graham discovered who it was who had bought the rights, he said he would have given them away free for the honor of having one of his stories filmed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Diane Baker has said that for the scene where she eavesdrops on Mark and Marnie talking outside of the house, Alfred Hitchcock came up to her, put his hands on her face, and physically manipulated it into having the expression he wanted for the scene.
Alfred Hitchcock first asked Evan Hunter, the screenwriter for The Birds (1963), to adapt the novel after Tippi Hedren had signed on. However, Hunter strongly objected to the scene in the novel where Mark rapes Marnie, as he felt it was "unheroic" and that it would make women in the audience hate Mark. When he pressed Hitchcock about changing the scene, Hitchcock fired him. Jay Presson Allen, who took over as screenwriter, stated that opposition to the rape scene doomed Hunter since that scene was the main reason Hitchcock wanted to do the film. For her part, Allen said she never had any qualms about including the scene, and felt it was up to Sean Connery and his charisma to make the audience "forgive" Mark's actions.
When Louise Latham came onto the set in her "young" makeup to film the film's climactic flashback, she looked so different that the cameraman began to ask around to find out who the new actress was.
To film real horses riding without having to work outdoors, Alfred Hitchcock came up with the idea of running the horses on a gigantic treadmill. Crew members objected to the idea because it was considered highly unsafe and because they simply didn't think it would work. Still, Hitchcock wanted to at least try it, and when they did, it worked without a problem. Originally, a harness was attached to Tippi Hedren during these shots for safety reasons, but it was removed when it was found to impede shooting.
Despite the troubles which reportedly took place on set, Tippi Hedren has stated that this is her favorite movie which she has appeared in.
Alfred Hitchcock wanted Grace Kelly to make her screen comeback in the title role, but the people of Monaco were not happy with the idea of their princess playing a compulsive thief.
Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren had a major falling-out during the filming and there was a rumor that by the end he directed her through intermediaries. Although Hedren admits the she and Hitchcock's friendship ended during shooting, she denies the rumor that he didn't finish directing the film.
The 6 & 1/2 carat blue-white flawless diamond ring that Mark buys for Marnie cost $42,000, or approximately $285,000 in 2008 currency, when factored for inflation. In the week that Mark had returned with Marnie up until their marriage, he spends approximately $70,000, including the ring, or approximately $475,000 when factored for inflation.
Bernard Herrmann's last score for a Hitchcock film.
Tippi Hedren has stated that many people have asked her what it was like to kiss the handsome Sean Connery in this film. Her reply was, "How sexy was it? It wasn't. It was simply technical. It was totally technical."
Louise Latham, who played Marnie's mother, was suggested by screenwriter Jay Presson Allen - the two had been classmates in a boarding school in Texas.
Screenwriter Jay Presson Allen wrote in Mark's hobby of studying animal behavior because that was her hobby and tangentially fit with Mark's later inclination to psychoanalyze Marnie.
After Grace Kelly dropped out of talks to do Marnie, Marilyn Monroe expressed interest in playing the part. According to Hollywood columnist Army Archard, when Hitchcock was asked about this possible casting, his reply was, "It's an interesting idea".
Diane Baker was not allowed to read the script of the film before choosing whether or not to do it. She was only told that it was an Alfred Hitchcock movie named Marnie starring Tippi Hedren.
When Alfred Hitchcock's discussion with Grace Kelly (to appear as the title character) became public, the residents of Monaco expressed their disapproval, and Kelly withdrew. In a further complication, since Kelly had not fulfilled her MGM contract when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, she could not appear in any film other than an MGM film until she fulfilled the terms of her MGM contract.
Louise Latham, who played Tippi Hedren's mother is in reality only 8 years older.
Alfred Hitchcock was loathe to use a mechanical horse to film the shots of Marnie riding, but sent a crew member to inspect a mechanical horse owned by Disney that was supposed to be the best in existence. Walt Disney spotted the crew member on the Disney lot and personally offered to let Hitchcock use it, which he did.
Actress Naomi Watts dressed up as "Marnie" for a portrait that was published in the March 2008 issue of the magazine "Vanity Fair." (She said she was fascinated by Tippi Hedren when they both acted in the film I Heart Huckabees (2004).
Marnie arrives in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 30, 1963 which can be determined by the copy of the Philadelphia Inquirer she is carrying as she exits 30th Street Station. This issue of the Inquirer, which was published four days after filming for the movie began on November 26, has the headline "Crash Kills 118" which refers to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Flight 831 from Montreal to Toronto, a DC-8-54CF which crashed at 6:33PM on November 29, 1963 about five minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport killing all 111 passengers and 7 crew. The other headline starting "President Picks" refers to the establishment of the Warren Commission by President Johnson on November 29 to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas one week earlier on November 22.
Despite the poor reviews, Marnie turned out to be a moderate box office success for Universal. It grossed $7 million in theatres on a budget of $3 million.
Hitchcock first offered the role of Lil Mainwaring to Elizabeth Montgomery. She, however, turned it down, due to her commitment to Bewitched.
Alfred Hitchcock considered Marlon Brando for the role of Mark Rutland.
The quote that Sean Connery says to Lil is of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "When Duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can!" but he replaces "the" with "then" which is why Lil says he misquoted.
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After Grace Kelly turned him down, Hitchcock considered and then rejected these actresses for the title role of "Marnie": Eva Marie Saint, Lee Remick, Vera Miles, Claire Griswold, and Susan Hampshire.
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Alfred Hitchcock considered Peter O'Toole for the role of Mark Rutland.
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The first scene of the film was the last to be filmed, on March 14th, 1964; the location was the railway station at San Jose, California.
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The name of Marnie's favorite horse is "Forio". "Phorion" is Greek for "stolen goods", an appropriate name given Marnie's behavior.
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Paul Newman was offered the role of Mark Ruland, but wasn't interested. He did star in Alfred Hitchcock 's next film Torn Curtain (1966).
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Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Jay Presson Allen were allowed to see scenes from Dr. No (1962) when considering Sean Connery for the role of Mark. They liked his charismatic performance so much that they decided to offer him the role even though the obviously Scottish actor did not really fit with their conception of Mark as an "American aristocrat."
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Actress Catherine Deneuve said in interviews she would have loved to have played Marnie.
Beginning of filming had to be delayed from November 22, 1963 until November 26th because of the assassination and state funeral of President John F. Kennedy.
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Filmed November 26 1963-March 19 1964.
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The company created for copyright purposes for the film, "Geoffrey Stanley," was named after Hitchcock's pet dogs.
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English actress Rachel Roberts originally mentioned to play role of Marnie's mother, a part that went to Louise Latham.
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Marnie (1964) opened at New York theaters as the top half of a double bill with Never Put It in Writing (1964) starring Pat Boone in the second position.
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Rutland has a phone conversation with a private investigator named Boyle; the film's production designer was Robert F. Boyle.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Screenwriter Jay Presson Allen thought that the expensive car Mark drove and the fancy clothes worn by his father were ridiculous and out of place, but Alfred Hitchcock insisted that they were necessary to convey the proper feeling of Mark being part of an "American aristocracy" to the audience.
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According to her autobiography, Jane Fonda wanted to play Lil Mainwaring.
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Noted action and serial director William Witney was the uncredited second unit director for the fox hunt sequence.
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Suzanne Pleshette turned down the role of Lil because she thought of herself as a leading lady, not in supporting roles.
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Rock Hudson mentioned to play Sean Connery part in 1963 fan mag publicity.
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Director Cameo 

Alfred Hitchcock: Five minutes into the film, in the hotel corridor as Marnie walks by.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Alfred Hitchcock put Edgar Allan Poe references throughout this film. Marnie's last name is Edgar. In the novel, Marnie's last name is Elmer. Unlike the film, the novel takes place in England. Like Poe's characters, Marnie Edgar is subject to Psychological terror. The film takes place in New York (Strutt's office), Virginia (Garrod's Stables) and Philadelphia (Rutland Publishing and Wickwind). These are the three places that Edgar Allan Poe lived throughout the better part of his life. The film's climactic scene takes place at Marnie's mother's home in Baltimore, the city where Poe died under mysterious circumstances in 1849. Tippi Hedren played Marnie. Both Tippi Hedren and Edgar Allan Poe were born on January 19. In the novel, Marnie's mother's name is Edith Elmer. In the film, Alfred Hitchcock changed Marnie's mother's name to Bernice Edgar. "Berenice" was a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. In a 1960 article called "Why I Am Afraid of the Dark", Hitchcock noted this information - "...it's because I liked Edgar Allan Poe's stories so much that I began to make suspense films."

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