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Hef's Movie Notes: Rebecca

Hef’s Movie Notes: Rebecca

*Tonight: *Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine with George Sanders and Judith Anderson in Alfred Hitchcock’s four-star suspense classic Rebecca. In 1923, Myron Selznick produced a film in England called The Passionate Adventure starring Clive Brook. The assistant director, art director and co-writer was a 23-year-old Alfred Hitchcock. Fifteen years later, Hitchcock was the most famous filmmaker in England. Having directed a string of stylish suspense thrillers that included such classics as The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. So in 1938, Selznick arranged to bring Hitchcock to America to direct films under contract to his younger brother David, who was, at the time, busy with a pet project titled Gone With the Wind. Hitchcock’s first Hollywood assignment at Selznick International was titled Titanic, but it sunk before it could be launched. His last film in England had been Jamaica Inn, with Charles Laughton, based on a novel by Daphne du…

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