A dark, moody melodrama, with emphasis on tragedy, has been fashioned from Daphne du Maurier’s bestseller, My Cousin Rachel.
Olivia de Havilland endows the title role with commanding histrionics. Opposite her is Richard Burton, debuting in Hollywood pictures. He creates a strong impression in the role of a love-torn, suspicious man.
The story, set in early 19th-century England, tells of a young man with a deep affection for the foster father who had raised him. When the foster father marries a distant cousin he has met while touring Italy to escape the rigors of winter in Cornwall, the young man is beset with jealousy. This later turns to suspicion and hate when he receives letters that indicate his beloved relative is being poisoned by the bride.
1952: Nominations: Best Supp. Actor (Richard Burton), B&W Cinematography, B&W Costume Design, B&W Art Direction