Hitchcock's first American film is sumptuous David O. Selznick
production of Daphne du Maurier novel of girl who marries British
nobleman but lives in shadow of his former wife. Stunning performances
by Fontaine and Anderson; haunting score by Franz Waxman. Screenplay
by Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison. Academy Award winner
for Best Picture and Cinematography (George Barnes).
The first film Hitchcock made in Hollywood and the only one that
won a best picture Oscar (and even that went to the film's producer).
Just as in the original novel, Joan Fontaine's character
has no first name.
Over 20 actresses were tested for the role that eventually
went to Joan Fontain
Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance walking
past a phone booth just after George Sanders makes a call in the final
part of the movie.