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Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 12 April 1940 (USA)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 'Maxim' de Winter
... Mrs. de Winter
... Jack Favell
... Mrs. Danvers
... Major Giles Lacy
... Frank Crawley
... Colonel Julyan
... Beatrice Lacy
... Mrs. Van Hopper
... Coroner
... Dr. Baker
... Ben
... Tabbs
... Frith
Philip Winter ... Robert
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A shy lady's 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>

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The shadow of a remembered woman came between their lips... but these two had the courage to hope... and to live their love! See more »


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12 April 1940 (USA)  »

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$1,288,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Another factor slowing down production was Alfred Hitchcock's refusal to rehearse while the crew was setting up lights. He claimed he found the noise distracting, even though rehearsing during camera set-ups was standard Hollywood practice. See more »

Goofs

When the new Mrs. De Winter first enters the room to do her correspondence, there are three books on the table. An establishing shot shows that the book on the left is labeled "menus", and the one in the center is labeled "addresses". Mrs. de Winter picks up the one on the left, and it is now revealed in a close-up to read "addresses" on the cover. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper: Have you been doing anything you shouldn't?
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Crazy Credits

The original 1940 credits read "Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". The credits on the re-issue version read "The Selznick Studio presents its production of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". See more »

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Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Hummed by Joan Fontaine
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All around, an excellent production.
3 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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