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Robert Donat was one of Alfred Hitchcock's choices for the character Maxim de Winter. Melvyn Douglas, Leslie Howard and Walter Pidgeon were also considered, but rejected by David O. Selznick.David Niven was deemed too young for the role, while William Powell was interested, but MGM had raised its loan-out fee.
Did you ever see anything so delicate?
Mrs. Danvers: Look, you can see my hand through it!
Twice during the movie, Maxim leaves Manderley to travel to London, once by train and another by car. On each occasion, he manages to get back before dark. Manderley is in Cornwall, as far from London as you can get, and even with 21st century roads, cars and trains, that feat would be impossible. This error is copied from the novel.
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'".
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