My Cousin Rachel (film)

My Cousin Rachel

original film poster
Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Nunnally Johnson
Written by Nunnally Johnson
Based on My Cousin Rachel
1951 novel
by Daphne Du Maurier
Starring Richard Burton
Olivia de Havilland
Audrey Dalton
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Joseph LaShelle
Edited by Louis R. Loeffler
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release dates
1952 (1952)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.2 million[1]
Box office $1.3 million (US rentals)[2]

My Cousin Rachel is a 1952 American mystery-romance film directed by Henry Koster and starred Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire, George Dolenz and John Sutton. The film is based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier.


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


Awards and honors

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


A DVD featuring an isolated score as a supplement was released by niche label Twilight Time in September 2011, limited to 3000 units and available exclusively from online retailer


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p248
  2. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  3. "NY Times: My Cousin Rachel". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  4. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.
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