This season, many of us moviegoers got chills praying for a young black man to spill the tea in the smart psychological horror thriller, GET OUT. The young man has a girlfriend whose mother seems to cast scary spells with tea. Back in 1952, after 1949's THE HEIRESS earned her a second Oscar for Best Actress, Olivia de Havilland played a sophisticated beauty who seemed to bewitch a tense young man with her tea. The movie is called MY COUSIN RACHEL and Olivia de Havilland's leading man in this mystery was Richard Burton. Burton, one of those actors who makes you want to say "Hard to believe you never won an Oscar," got the first of his seven nominations for MY COUSIN RACHEL. He was up for Best Supporting Actor. Like Hitchcock's REBECCA starring Joan Fontaine, Olivia's sister, MY COUSIN RACHEL is based on a book by Daphne Du Maurier. Young Burton is full of fire, passion, intensity and talent. Also, he was one handsome Welshman.
If the end seems a mystery to you....keep in mind the lesson that is taught to young little Philip in the opening moments of the film. The answer could be there.
By the way, a new film adaptation of MY COUSIN RACHEL is due out this coming summer starring Rachel Weisz.