Du Maurier, Hitchcock and Holding an Audience
‘There’s no doubt about the fondness that existed between Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock—or between the writer and the movies as a whole. They were good to each other, and du Maurier’s books inspired several more films than those made by Hitchcock. There was Frenchman’s Creek (1944), with Joan Fontaine as Dona St. Columb and Arturo De Cordova as her Frenchman; My Cousin Rachel (1952), with Olivia de Havilland and the young Richard Burton; and the story that inspired Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now. Throw in the Hitchcock trio—Jamaica Inn, Rebecca and The Birds—and you have a group where all but one picture did well at the box office, and du Maurier’s sales bloomed all over the world.
Still, a serious writer needs to be wary of the movies—don’t look for too many thanks, and keep away from the shooting if…
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