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  • When publishing company owner Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) hires Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren) as a secretary, he recognizes her as the secretary who previously worked for his client Sidney Strutt (Martin Gabel) and who robbed Strutt and then disappeared. Instead of turning her in, Rutland marries her and tries to help her with her serious psychological problems, most of which stem from her relationship with her mother Bernice (Louise Latham). Edit

  • Marnie is a 1961 novel written by English author Winston Graham. The novel was adapted for the film by American screenwriter Jay Presson Allen. Edit

  • When Mark hired Marnie, then posing as Mary Taylor, to work for Rutland & Co., he was suspicious but unsure. He thought that he recognized her from when she was working for his tax consultant, Sidney Strutt, from whom she stole almost $10,000. Strutt had actually pointed out Marnie, then posing as Marion Holland, one time when Rutland was visiting, only Marnie was a brunette at the time. Mark decided it would be "intriguing" to keep her around, so he hired her anyway. Edit

  • For the same reason that he hired her, while suspecting that she was the woman who robbed Strutt, so he wanted to keep her around. He tried to convince her (and himself) that he was doing it for her sake. To let her off scot-free, he reasoned, would make him criminally and morally responsible, so he decided to cover her theft and keep her around at Rutland's in order to help her. Edit

  • "Wall eye" refers to an eye in which the iris lacks pigment so that the iris is of a very light gray, light blue, or whitish color, making it difficult to distinguish iris from cornea. Edit

  • The correct name is "flatid bugs," more commonly called "planthoppers." They belong to the Flatidae family, which has over 200 genera and 3,000 species. Some species occur in two different color forms, and when adults of these two forms cluster together on a twig they give the effect of a spike of colored flowers with green bracts. Edit

  • In the novel, yes. In the movie, it is unclear. The scene does indicate that, although Mark is initially abashed at having stripped Marnie in a rage, he then, in the process of covering her with his robe, begins to make love to her. Marnie stares in dissociated apathy as she is lowered to the bed. In traditional Hollywood shorthand for sexuality, the camera then pans to the horizon, and time passes, as indicated by the breaking dawn. In the morning, two pillows clearly have been used in Marnie's bed, although Mark is shown awaking alone in his own bed. This may seem deliberately ambiguous, or it may be that these twin beds are simply too narrow to accommodate two people comfortably for an extended period. A further indication that a sexual act of an unpleasant nature has occurred—unpleasant at least for Marnie—is her suicide attempt immediately following this episode. Edit

  • Marnie fears the color red because she associates it with blood, a result of a childhood trauma. Edit

  • Mark takes Marnie to see Bernice. A storm is raging outside, and Mark has to shelter Marnie to get from the car to the house. When they're finally inside the house, Marnie collapses on the staircase. Mark tries to force Bernice into telling what happened to Marnie when she was a child, but Bernice refuses to talk. Mark points out that he's hired a detective and read the court transcripts, so he knows that Bernice was once a prostitute. Bernice starts hitting Mark to make him leave. Suddenly, Marnie regresses to her childhood and begins to relate the story. One night, her mother had a sailor (Bruce Dern) as a client. Mother rapped on Marnie's bedroom door and made her move out to the couch so that they could use the bedroom. A thunderstorm was raging, and Marnie got scared. The sailor came out of the room and tried to comfort Marnie, but she didn't like his breath when he was kissing her. Mom came out and tried to fight off the sailor with a fireplace poker, but he turned on her and started hitting her. In an attempt to protect her mother, Marnie picked up the poker and hit him in the head with it. The blood came streaming down his face, killing him. Bernice testified that she was the one who killed the sailor in self-defense and fought to keep custody of Marnie. Marnie realizes that her mother really did love her and lays her head in Bernice's lap, but Bernice tells her to get off because it's hurting her leg. Marnie expresses her fear that she'll have to go to jail now and decides that she would rather stay with Mark. In the final scene, Mark and Marnie leave Bernice's house and drive away together. Edit

  • Yes. Hitchcock did a cameo in each of his movies from Rebecca (1940) (1940) onwards. His cameo in Marnie appears about six minutes into the movie. As the bellhop and the woman with the black hair (who turns out to be Marnie) walk down the hotel corridor to her room, Hitchcock can be seen on the left, coming out of his own hotel room. A photo of the scene can be viewed here. Edit

  • The scene where Marnie's mother gives away her virginity in exchange for a pullover was removed (in agreement with Hitchcock) before the first run in US cinemas due to concerns by the studio. But because several copies of the uncut versions were already produced for the cinemas there was finally released both a cut and uncut version of the movie. The US DVDs for example contain the Original Version whereas the German Versions are missing this dialogue. Edit



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