Both visually and psychologically, Marnie
is crass in comparison with Hitchcock's peak achievement in Vertigo
--although it shares some of that film's characteristic obsessive themes. Sean Connery, fresh from From Russia with Love
, is a Philadelphia playboy who begins to fall for Tippi Hedren's blonde ice goddess only when he realises that she's a professional thief (she's come to work in his upper-crust insurance office in order to embezzle mass quantities). His patient programme of investigation and surveillance has a creepy, voyeuristic quality that's pure Hitchcock, but all's lost when it emerges that the root of Marnie's problem is phobic sexual frigidity, induced by a childhood trauma. Luckily, Sean is up to the challenge, as it were. Not even DH Lawrence believed as fervently as Hitchcock in the curative properties of sexual release. --David Chute
A psychological mystery thriller from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Kleptomaniac Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren), who moves from job to job and has a pathological fear of the colour red, is caught stealing by latest employer, Mark Rutland (Sean Connery). Instead of turning her over to the police, Mark forces Marnie to marry him, convinced that he can get to the bottom of her psychosis.
Actors: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel, Louise LathamDirector: Alfred HitchcockManufacturer: Universal Pictures UK