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Set during the years between the "Rebecca" trial and the writing of Du Maurier's short story "The Birds", including her relationship with her husband Frederick 'Boy' Browning, and her ... See full summary »

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Clare Beavan

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Margaret Forster (biography), Amy Jenkins
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Geraldine Somerville ... Daphne du Maurier
Elizabeth McGovern ... Ellen Doubleday
Janet McTeer ... Gertrude Lawrence
Andrew Havill ... Tommy Browning
Christopher Malcolm ... Nelson Doubleday
Malcolm Sinclair ... Noel Coward
Elliott Naylor Elliott Naylor ... Kits (as Elliot Naylor)
Meg Dixon Meg Dixon ... Flavia
Tim Ahern ... Dickie
Nicholas Murchie Nicholas Murchie ... New York Prosecutor
Felicity Montagu ... Director, 'September Tide'
Jay Taylor Jay Taylor ... Evan Davies - Actor, 'September Tide'
Coral Beed Coral Beed ... Actress, 'September Tide'
Jenny Howe Jenny Howe ... Tod
Natalie Best Natalie Best ... Maid
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Set during the years between the "Rebecca" trial and the writing of Du Maurier's short story "The Birds", including her relationship with her husband Frederick 'Boy' Browning, and her largely unrequited infatuations with American publishing tycoon's wife Ellen Doubleday and the actress Gertrude Lawrence. Written by Anonymous

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English

Release Date:

12 May 2007 (UK) See more »

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I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
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Music by Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob
Lyrics by William M. Hough and Frank R. Adams
Performed by Perry Como
[heard when Daphne first meets Ellen aboard ship]
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Geraldine Somerville is terrific
9 January 2018 | by bob998See all my reviews

Daphne Du Maurier has always been on the periphery of my consciousness, as the author of Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, both of which I've not read but have seen the film adaptations. So the revelation that she was bisexual comes as a mildly interesting fact. She is having a hard time defining herself sexually. Gertrude Lawrence says Daphne is really a boy--her play about a young man in love with an older woman is really about her as a man-- and Daphne spends most of the film trying to establish whether or not this is true.

I said Somerville is terrific, and she proves how inward she is with the character. The trip to Florence with Ellen Doubleday that is so fraught with tension between the two women produces some funny lines: "I'm like the river Arno with its falls all pent up, that can't get out to sea... I want to flee to a monastery or a madhouse".


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