Tuesday, June 2, 2015

From Page to Screen: Hitchcock

May 13th was the 108th birthday of Cornish playwright and writer Daphne du Maurier. She spent her childhood sailing, traveling, and writing stories. One day she and her sister found an abandoned mansion called Menabilly and Daphne was fascinated by the gloomy stone building near the sea.

When she wrote her novel Rebecca, she used the crumbling estate as the setting and called it Manderley.  When Rebecca was published in 1938, it became an immediate best-seller. Du Maurier made enough money from the novel, and the film based on it, to buy Menabilly herself.

Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca (won the Best Picture Oscar in 1941) and Jamaica Inn, and the short story “The Birds”. 

Try some of the following great Hitchcock movies and the wonderful books they were based on:

The 39 Steps (1935)—The 39 Steps by John Buchan

Secret Agent (1936)—2 stories in Collected Stories by W. Somerset Maugham

Sabotage (1936)—The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

The Lady Vanishes (1938)—The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White

Rebecca (1940)—Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Suspicion (1941)—Before the Fact by Frances Iles

Spellbound (1945)—The House of Dr. Edwardes by Francis Beeding

Stage Fright (1950)—short story “Outrun the Constable” by Selwyn Jepson

Strangers on a Train (1951)—Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith and included in Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories

Rear Window (1954)—short story “It Had to Be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich

To Catch a Thief (1955)—To Catch a Thief by David Dodge

The Trouble with Harry (1955)—The Trouble with Harry by Jack Trevor Story

Vertigo (1958)—D’Entre les Morts by Boileau-Narcejac

Psycho (1960)—Psycho by Robert Bloch

The Birds (1963)—short story in The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier

Marnie (1964)—Marnie by Winston Graham

Topaz (1969)—Topaz by Leon Uris

Family Plot (1976)—The Rainbird Pattern by Victor Canning

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