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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

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(p.64) 6 Rebecca (1940)
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Hitchcock and the Censors
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John Billheimer

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.003.0007

This chapter examines the battles fought by David O. Selznick with the censors over their demands during the making of Rebecca and Hitchcock’s mollifying efforts in acceding to those demands. Selznick purchased the rights to Daphne du Maurier’s best seller Rebecca against the advice of the Code officials, who felt that the story of a man who murders his wife and gets off scot-free could not receive Code approval. Hitchcock suggested that the man’s wife die by accident, leaving the rest of the plot elements intact. Hitchcock’s suggestion got the film past the censors while raising the level of implausibility fairly high, but not high enough to keep the film from winning a Best Picture Oscar.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, David O. Selznick, Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca, punishment of the guilty, Production Code Seal of Approval, Best Picture Oscar, source fidelity

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