October 22nd, 2014: Rebecca (1940)

Cast and Crew:  David O. Selznick (Producer); George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Leo G. Carroll

What It’s About: The second Mrs. de Winter (Joan Fontaine) meets her wealthy husband, Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) in Monte Carlo and the pairs whirlwind romance ends in a quick marriage.  When she returns to Manderlay, his sprawling estate in Cornwall, however, she finds Maxim changed, the servants unfriendly, and herself living in the shadow of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter.

Why Watch it Today?: Lead actress Joan Fontaine, sister of Olivia De Havilland, was born today in 1917.  Since her birthday falls in October, celebrate with this atmospheric romantic thriller from director Alfred Hitchcock and writer Daphne Du Maruier, who also brought us The Birds and Don’t Look Now.

Other Choices:  Fontaine also appeared in former Movie of the Day Gunga Din.

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