Rebecca
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Maxim de Winter: Please promise me never to wear black satin or pearls... or to be 36 years old.

Colonel Julyan: Well, let me tell you something, Favell: blackmail isn't so pure nor so simple, and it brings a great deal of trouble to a great many people before it's through, and we know how to deal with it in our part of the world. And, sometimes, the blackmailer finds himself in jail at the end of it.

Maxim de Winter: I can't forget what it's done to you. I've been thinking of nothing else since it happened. It's gone forever, that funny young, lost look I loved won't ever come back. I killed that when I told you about Rebecca. It's gone. In a few hours, you've grown so much older.

Maxim de Winter: Happiness is something I know nothing about.

Maxim de Winter: I knew where Rebecca's body was, lying on that cabin floor on the bottom of the sea.
Mrs. De Winter: How did you know, Maxim?
Maxim de Winter: Because... I put it there.

Policeman: Is this your car, sir?
Jack Favell: Yes.
Policeman: Will you be going soon? This isn't a parking place, you know.
Jack Favell: Oh, isn't it? People are entitled... to leave their cars outside if they want to. It's a pity some of you fellows haven't anything better to do.

Mrs. De Winter: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Jack Favell: I say, marriage with Max is not exactly a bed of roses, is it?

Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper: Most girls would give their eyes for the chance to see Monte.
Maxim de Winter: Wouldn't that rather defeat the purpose?

The Second Mrs. De Winter: I've been thinking.
Maxim de Winter: Now why would you want to go and do that for?

Maxim de Winter: I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool.

Maxim de Winter: She was incapable of love or tenderness or decency.

Jack Favell: I'd like to have your advice on how to live comfortably without hard work.

Maxim de Winter: You thought I loved Rebecca? You thought that? I hated her.

The Second Mrs. De Winter: No, it's not too late. You're not to say that. I love you more than anything in the world. Oh, please Maxim, kiss me please.
Maxim de Winter: No, it's no use. It's too late.

Maxim de Winter: "I'll make a bargain with you," she said. "You'd look rather foolish trying to divorce me now after four days of marriage. So I'll play the part of a devoted wife, mistress of your precious Manderley. I'll make it the most famous showplace in England if you like. Then, people will visit us and envy us, and say we're the luckiest, happiest, couple in the country. What a grand show it will be! What a triumph!"

Revealing mistake: After Maxim leaves a note, saying he'll be gone for the day and having him gone should be a welcome relief for her, the girl sits in the morning room, crying. As the camera moves away from the girl, some flowers on the right jiggle from being hit by the camera.

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Trivia: Hitchcock's cameo appearance, a signature feature of his films, takes place near the end. He is seen outside a phone box when Jack is making a call.

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Question: While the De Winters are watching their honeymoon photos, the girl says "I suppose that's why you married me, because you knew I was dull and gauche and inexperienced, and there would never be any gossip about me." Maxim stops the film and, looking like death, says "Gossip! What do you mean?" She says "I don't know. Don't look at me like that. What's the matter? What have I said?" Maxim says "It wasn't a very attractive thing to say, was it?" She says "No. It was rude, hateful." Now, why did she say that? And why did Maxim say what he said? All she said was "There won't be any gossip about me." What's the problem with that?

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Chosen answer: Maxim was previously married (unhappily) to Rebecca, who died tragically and under rather mysterious (and suspicious) circumstances, sparking rumors. Maxim thinks his new wife is referring to that, but she knows nothing about it and was only making an innocent remark, unaware of the rumors. The "rude, hateful" part probably refers to the "dull and gauche and inexperienced" comment - she probably thinks that is what caused his reaction, rather than the "gossip" comment, given she doesn't know the rumors. She is very young and naive and feels inadequate as the wife of a wealthy man. Maxim is older, intimidating her somewhat, and she was confused by his angry outburst.

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