Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: My Cousin Rachel (1952)

This week’s entry as part of Todd Mason’s weekly internet meme, Overlooked Films, is a Gothic/romantic mystery from the mind of Daphne duMaurier, who most notably penned Rebecca and The Birds, which were both adapted into films by Alfred Hitchcock.


When Philip Ashley’s much-loved (and rich) cousin Ambrose dies, he is convinced that Ambrose was murdered by his new wife Rachel to inherit his wealth. But when he meets Rachel and falls in love with her, he knows that his suspicions must have been unfounded. But were they, or is Rachel just trying to use Philip to get at the estate Ambrose left to him instead of to her? And will she murder him next?

This adaptation was directed by Henry Koster (The Bishop’s Wife) and stars Richard Burton and Olivia deHavilland as the aforementioned Philip Ashley and Rachel, respectively.

The visuals of are wonderful at capturing the atmosphere of the rugged Cornish coast; that combined with Franz Waxman’s film score lends a proper air of  suspense and foreboding to the proceedings.

Overall it is an enjoyable watch, and perfect for a blustery, if not rainy weekend afternoon 🙂



  1. Patti Abbott says:

    Just read the book last year, which was amazing. Haven’t seen the movie in years.

  2. Burton’s first Hollywood film too I think – nice choice Iba, well worth remembering, specially now that it’s out on DVD.
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    • You are correct Sergio. I thought it was the Welshman’s first film but I did not have time to fact check it – thus I left it out. I just saw your latest post about the Mad Miss Manton. Cannot wait to read and reply!

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