Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.
Over twenty actresses were screentested for the role of Mrs. de Winter, which eventually went to newcomer Joan Fontaine. One of them was Vivien Leigh, for whom Sir Laurence Olivier was pressing, as they were a couple at the time.
Maxim de Winter:
Please promise me never to wear black satin or pearls... or to be 36 years old.
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'".
The opening credits were re-done (with different font) for the 1950's re-release of the movie. It is these credits that have turned up on all telecasts of the film (even as recently as 2013) and all previous video releases. The Criterion release (which is now only available through outlet stores) restores all of the credits to their original form.