Los Angeles: Selznick International Pictures, 1939. Early Continuity script (pre-production), stamped "TEMPORARY," with a credit for Alfred Hitchcock's wife and frequent screenwriter Alma Reville. "TEMPORARY" script includes screenwriting credit for Michael Hogan, who, along with Philip MacDonald, were given adaptation credits in the final film.
Alfred Hitchcock's first American project, the elegant, dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel of the same name, about a young woman who marries a mysterious, aristocratic widower and must contend with the spectral influence of the former mistress of the house, the eponymous Rebecca. The film was the start of Hitchcock's work in Hollywood under contract with producer David O. Selznick, a collaboration which produced six films in total, including "Spellbound" (1945), "The Paradine Case" (1947), and "Under Capricorn" (1949). Although Selznick initially argued for "Rebecca" to remain fully faithful to the plot of the novel, the Production Code Administration forbade murder to go unpunished, and as a result the film's ending differed from du Maurier's—a change which purportedly angered Selznick so strongly that he considered releasing the film without code approval. Upon its release, the film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning two for Best Picture and Best Cinematography.
Set on the French Riviera and southwest England, shot partially on location in Big Sur, Palos Verdes, and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California.
In a custom quarter leather clamshell box.
Blue titled wrappers, stamped TEMPORARY on the front wrapper, dated August 24, 1939, with credits for novelist Daphne du Maurier, continuity for Alama Reville and screenwriters Joan Harrison, Michael Hogan and Robert Sherwood. Distribution page present, with receipt intact, dated August 24, 1939. 163 leaves, with last page of text numbered 162. Mimeographed, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with several small closed tears and front wrapper separating at top punch hole, bound with two gold brads.
National Film Registry. Criterion Collection 135. Grant US. Penzler 101. Rosenbaum 1000. Selby US. Spicer US.