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?
Olivia de Havilland ... Rachel Sangalletti Ashley
Richard Burton ... Philip Ashley
Audrey Dalton ... Louise Kendall
Ronald Squire ... Nicholas \'Nick\' Kendall
George Dolenz ... Guido Rainaldi
John Sutton ... Ambrose Ashley
Tudor Owen ... Seecombe
J.M. Kerrigan ... Reverend Pascoe
Margaret Brewster ... Mrs. Pascoe
Alma Lawton ... Mary Pascoe
Ola Lorraine ... Pascoe Daughter
Kathleen Mason ... Pascoe Daughter
Earl Robie ... Philip at Age 5
This film, based on the Daphne du Maurier\'s novel is practically unknown, as it appears to have been forgotten; it never turns on reruns, but it\'s worth a look nevertheless.
\"My Cousin Rachel\" was directed by Henry Koster, based on the adaptation by Nunnally Johnson, who did a good job in creating the right atmosphere for the film. The great cinematography of Joseph LaShelle enhances what the director set out to do in more ways than he probably imagined. Mr. LaShelle was one of the most elegant cinematographers of that era. Just look at his seascapes to appreciate his art.
This film marks the beginning of Richard Burton\'s career in the American Cinema. While it was not his first film, the actor brought such an intensity to his role that earned an acting nomination for best supporting actor. He should have been nominated as the best actor, since his role is the whole movie!
Olivia DeHavilland makes an excellent Rachel, at times loving, at others sly and calculating. She had a special beauty. Her eyes express a lot in her close ups. Ms. DeHavilland was totally convincing in her take of this woman who comes back to claim her inheritance when everything is taken away from her.
The rest of the cast is good as they play in ensemble fashion. Audrey Dalton makes a lovely Louise, the loyal friend. Also John Sutton, who unfortunately doesn\'t stay around too long to make justice of his role of Ambrose.
As a Gothic mystery, this film will not disappoint.
Although I greatly admire Olivia de Havilland in this role, I must confess that as Rachel, it\'s my opinion she\'s guilty. It is hardly honorable for any woman to play twosome, leading on a young man by responding to his advances, accepting the offer of his jewelry and later his estate, THEN conveniently discarding him or any serious thought of a bond between them -- well, that\'s a calculated play if ever there was one! She does it with such finesse however that one can only guess what is really in her heart. Anyways, it backs up the theory that if anyone is too nice or too good to be true, they probably are not true.
Richard Burton in this highly dramatic role of the young, impetuous heir, Philip, can only stand to gain our sympathy as he impulsively casts his worldly goods upon the altar of Love where Rachel resides. Such a one-sided gesture can only prove fatal in the long run, but burning Youth will have its way and learn a most difficult lesson by it.
I find it a riveting, wonderful drama well acted, well casted too. I regret John Sutton, as Ambrose, has such a brief part to play and wished he\'d been included throughout, but that\'s not the course of the storyline unfortunately. This is a movie I appreciate seeing whenever I can. Wish there were more like it today.
I was ten when I saw this film for the first time, Prairie town Mid West Kansas. Richard Burton appears on the screen at the Colonial Theater, Junction City, Kansas. Later Burton shows up in The Robe.
Already he had such intensity, almost anger, with his Dance of Life,trained in the world of literature and theater. You \"noticed\" him.
Olivia de Havilyn... held her ground on the screen with Burton. She was not \"intimidated by Burton\", and the two of them made this story memorable.
Well paced staging, great camera work, sound, and they held their \"power\", sustaining their even performances, which comes only from polished craft over time. After \"Gone with the Wind\", Clark Gable and Erryol Flynn, who was this Burton person? ha
\"Rebecca\" belonged to Laurence Olivie and \"My Cousin Rachel\" belongs to Richard Burton. I don\'t think these two actors would have \"switched\" roles. Burton is rough and full of fury, and Olivie is smoother and wistfully melancholic, its just their \"natures\".
They taught Brando sustain that personal psychological power during a scene, I am sure. And he them? These three, will most likely, we will not see their likes again.
I was more impressed with the photography, lighting, sets, the coastal setting, gardens, and movement. The jewels were awesome and appropriate for the times. It was most believable to me and provided a great space for the actors to glide through the story. Well thought out, with just the right touches, attention to detail. The atmosphere of the sets?
Of course Waxman\'s music is magical, like \"Rebecca\" brooding mystery in the mists of the coastal waters. Just right.
Would like to see this film reserved for DVD to protect it from being lost.
Some comments belittled this film\'s effectiveness, but one must erase the influence of films that \"followed\" this film, as never seen, and judge this film from what went before it, not after it. This would have been an \"independent film\", if made today. Art piece, bitter-sweet, as a study of wild youth and seasoned maturity as Blind Love? Old films are not pale before todays films. Are the emotions believable, are the performances valid, even today, is a better question of its power to be a historic legends.
This is a study of its times and values of its times. \"My Cousin Rachel\" belongs with \"Rebecca\", \"Kings Row\", \"Citizen Kane\"\"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir\", \"Wuthering Heights\", \"Now Voyager\" and can not be appropriately understood outside its times. Like a bottle of old wine.
\"Star Trek\" full of fire and music, \"stimulation and lasers\"....kills a black and white Gothic drama. We are talking \"vintage\" not breathtaking mind blowing visual rape of the senses, kids. Burton unknown, here before us, as a nobody, long before \"Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf\" or \"Night of the Iguana\" ...like seeing James Dean on the screen for the first time in my youth.. who is this guy. Well they became Mythic Stars for all time. Elizabeth Taylor liked this film...so there...
No, its not James Bond, and big color epics,like \"Ben Hur\", that would drown a little Gothic \"dessert\" pastry, like \"Rachel\" Delicate cake does not work with mustard and Ketsup, as it were, kids? I was delighted to see AMC present \"Rachel\" and taped it for my library, for one of those cold Colorado winter nights, when a good brandy and a fire, is just right for my psyche. Enjoy. Worth another close look.