Marnie is a 1964 American thriller , directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film stars Tippi Hedren (previously seen in Hitchcock's The Birds), Sean Connery and Diane Baker.The story is based on the novel of the same name by Winston Graham.

The film was in 1964 at the launch was not well received by the press. prominently in the film is Hitchocks preference to every scene, indoors or outdoors, in the studio to record. Thereby is one half of the movie made for a projection screen and the other half in the studio.


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The story revolves around Kleptomaniac Marnie, who under different names from one company to another company is going to first the neat Secretary to hang out and then to steal the safe empty. Mark is the owner of one of those companies. He recognizes he has seen her before Marnie because in another company, but takes her anyway because he is curious.

As Mark puts the Chase then strikes, Marnie to find out what this beautiful woman floating in her actions. He finds her, and blackmails her to marry him. Then they go along on their honeymoon aboard a cruise ship, taking their marriage "inzegent" by raping her. Marnie tries to commit suicide in the pool of the ship, but Mark saves her.

At the end of the day, Mark found out that Marnie has become so by an experience from her childhood. Her mother was a prostitute. When Marnie one evening was afraid of a storm, tried one of her mother's clients hair to calm down. Her mother, however, thought that the man wanted to rape her and went to tackle him. Marnie was forced to come to the aid of her mother by the man with a poker to beat down. This experience made that they distrusted and now men hate the color red. Now this has become known, set Marnie to become more open for marriage with Mark.

Division Of Roles[Edit]Edit

Hitchcock has five minutes after the start of the film a cameo as a man who plays a hotel room.



In 1961 the then Alfred Hitchcock offered Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, to the lead role in Marnie . She accepted, but this led to protests in Monaco. In addition, she was at the time of her marriage to PrinceRainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956 her contract with MGM , MGM could not yet fully fulfilled her ban to Hitchcock's film so to work with. Kelly be the role therefore and Hitchcock put aside his plans for Marnie to first work on The Birds (1963).

After The Birds Hitchcock picked up the thread with Marnie again. According to the book Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie Tony Lee Moral 's suggested that Paramount Pictures starring Lee Remick could get. Eva Marie Saint (known of Hitchcock's North by Northwest) and Susan Hampshire did also an attempt to get the role. Hitchcock thought at first to Vera Miles and Claire Griswold, but his final choice was Tippi Hedren.According to his own words was offered her the role very surprised that Hedren Hitchcock. In 2005, more than 40 years after the premiere of the film, she said in an interview that Marnie was her favorite film role. [1]

The scenario of the film is written by Jay Presson Allen to a first screenplay by Joseph Stefano and Evan Hunter. Hunter was by Hitchcock fired after he refused to the scene in which Mark Marnie raped in the scenario to process. He was afraid that the public would lose her sympathy for the character Mark by this scene. [2]

Sean Connery was worried that his contract with Eon Productions James Bond films for both as other movies would hinder his career. Therefore he refused al any non-Bond film Eon offered him. He wanted to work with Hitchcock, once what Eon for him then settled. [3Connery early, against the tradition in, see the scenario in advance before he definitively Yes would say to the role. He was afraid that given its status as James Bond actor Hitchcock would typecasten him as a spy. [4[5]

The recordings had actually have to start on 25 november 1963, but were postponed because of the assassination of president John f. Kennedy and the period of national mourning that followed.


Marnie was in many ways a milestone for Hitchcock. It was the last film of his hand in which a so-called "Hitchcock blonde" played a central role. It was also the last film in which he collaborated with some of his regular crew members, like Robert Burks (1909–1968), George Tomasini (which shortly after the premiere of Marnie died), and Bernard Herrmann (who was fired during the production of Hitchcock's next, Torn Curtain ).


Marnie was not very successful in the American cinemas, but did fairly in Italy and the United Kingdom. According to critic Leonard Maltin Marnie was ahead of its time. In his biography The Dark Side of GeniusDonald Spoto describes the film as Hitchcock's last masterpiece.

The effects in the film are often criticized as being "unrealistic".

Awards and nominations[Edit]Edit

In 2005, Marnie along with several other films of Hitchcock was nominated for the Satellite Award for Outstanding Classic DVD.

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