Rebecca Overview:

Rebecca (1940) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by David O. Selznick.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Daphne du Maurier published in 1938.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorLaurence OlivierNominated
Best ActressJoan FontaineNominated
Best Supporting ActressJudith AndersonNominated
Best Art DirectionLyle WheelerNominated
Best CinematographyGeorge BarnesWon
Best DirectorAlfred HitchcockNominated
Best Film EditingHal C. KernNominated
Best Music - ScoringFranz WaxmanNominated
Best PictureSelznick International PicturesWon
Best WritingRobert E. Sherwood, Joan HarrisonNominated
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“Rebecca” casts a long shadow over Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine

By Stephen Reginald on Feb 25, 2021 From Classic Movie Man

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Classic Conversations: Two Award-Winning Costume Designers Re-Imagine ‘Rebecca’ and ‘West Side Story’

By Danny Miller on Nov 14, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

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Rebecca Got a Bad Rep

By Judy on Jun 29, 2019 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

**Spoilers abound** Of all the femme fatales on film and in print, Rebecca may top them all. The woman isn?t even alive at the start of the book or the Hitchcock film that resulted from it, yet the narrator of the story is so haunted by her husband?s previous wife (and Du Maurier is so skilled at fr... Read full article


Rebecca Got a Bad Rep

By Judy on Jun 29, 2019 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

**Spoilers abound** Of all the femme fatales on film and in print, Rebecca may top them all. The woman isn?t even alive at the start of the book or the Hitchcock film that resulted from it, yet the narrator of the story is so haunted by her husband?s previous wife (and Du Maurier is so skilled at fr... Read full article


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Jack Favell: I say, marriage with Max is not exactly a bed of roses, is it?


Policeman: Is this your car, sir ?
Jack Favell: Yes.
Policeman: Will you be going soon ? This isn't a parking place, you know.
Jack Favell: Oh, isn't it ? People are entitled... to leave their cars outside if they want to. It's a pity some of you fellows haven't anything better to do!


Jack Favell: You know, old boy, I have a strong feeling... that before the day is out, somebody's going to make use of that... rather expressive, though somewhat old-fashioned term ''foul play.''


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Facts about

David O. Selznick wanted Olivia de Havilland to play the female lead, but was faced with insurmountable problems: she was already committed to Samuel Goldwyn for Raffles, Warner Bros. was being uncooperative about lending her out, and she was reluctant to accept the part because her sister, Joan Fontaine, was also under consideration for the part and her agent, Leland Hayward, was promoting his wife, Margaret Sullavan, for the role. Selznick also considered Loretta Young, Vivien Leigh, Anita Louise and Anne Baxter for the role, but felt that Young and Leigh were the wrong "type." He finally settled on Fontaine, but his staff disagreed with his decision because she was not yet an established star.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 31, 1943 with Joan Fontaine reprising her film role.
In the scripting process, Alfred Hitchcock made lots of changes with the novel's character "Mrs. Danvers." Hitchcock made her much younger and did not reveal her past.
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