Rebecca, Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock Selznick International Pictures, 1940

rebeccaposterRebecca, 1940, was Hitchcock’s first American film after being signed by David O. Selznick to come to Hollywood to make films. It is an adaptation of a book by one by my favorite author’s Daphne DuMaurier. It begins as if it was just a romance between a poor dowdy girl and a wealthy titled gentlemen. However, it turns out to be something much more.

Like in all Hitchcock films, you are led down a path that turns into something completely different then you imagined.

Unfortunately, Hitchcock did not have a good relationship with Selznick and he was disappointed by the results of Rebecca since Selznick made so many changes. Even so, its still pure Hitchcock and although he didn’t get an Oscar for direction, it is the only Hitchcock film to win an Academy Award for best picture.

Cast Includes:

  • Laurence Olivier – George Fortescu Maximillian ‘Maxim’ de Winter
  • Joan Fontaine – The Second Mrs. de Winter
  • George Sanders – Jack Favell
  • Judith Anderson – Mrs. Danvers
  • Gladys Cooper – Beatrice Lacy
  • Nigel Bruce – Major Giles Lacy
  • Reginald Denny – Frank Crawley
  • C. Aubrey Smith – Colonel Julyan
  • Melville Cooper – Coroner
  • Florence Bates – Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper
  • Leonard Carey – Ben
  • Leo G. Carroll – Dr. Baker
  • Edward Fielding – Frith
  • Lumsden Hare – Tabbs
  • Forrester Harvey – Chalcroft

Videos from this film:

Rebecca – Trailer

Rebecca – Hotel scene

Rebecca (1940) – Full movie

Be sure to check out my sections devoted to the two stars of this film Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier.

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See all of the CMF top 10 Classic Movie Favorites favorite films:

A Tale of Two Cities  |  Little Women |  Wuthering Heights 

Rebecca  |  Citizen Kane

The Seventh Veil  |  Best Years of our Lives |  Orphee

    The Heiress   |  Lawrence of Arabia

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