- Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter
- Joan Fontaine as The Second Mrs. de Winter
- George Sanders as Jack Favell
- Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers
- Florence Bates as Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper
The Second Mrs. de Winter (I am just going to call her Joan as in Joan fontaine as she is never really named properly) is working as a companion for a bad tempered and wealthy woman called Mrs. Van Hopper, who has taken her to the south of France. They bump into Maxim de Winter who is a well bread upper class Englishman. Mrs. Van Hopper is sure they have met before (come on, can't you do better than that?) but he can not really recall her at all. After being chained to her for a whole lunch, he decides to take Joan to play tennis with him. After a few days he proposes to her. She tells Mrs. Van Hopper and she leaves the hotel with one of the best delivered last lines ever. It's up there with Bette Davis' last line in All About Eve, "Nice speech Eve, but I wouldn't worry too much about your heart, you can always put that award where your heart ought to be." It starts around 6:03.
Maxim explains about his first marriage to a raving beauty, Rebecca, that ended in a tragic death. Joan is introduced to Manderley a stately home that has been in Maxim's family for generations.
|Uh, oh... Manderley seems to be on fire.|
|I love these two together.|