Trivia / Marnie

  • Doing It for the Art/Playing Against Type: Sean Connery jumped at the chance to work with Alfred Hitchcock to avoid being typecast as James Bond. He also shocked many people at the time by asking to see a script; something Connery did because he was worried about being typecast as a spy and he did not want to do a variation of North By Northwest or Notorious. When told by Hitchcock's agent that Cary Grant did not ask to see even one of Hitchcock's scripts Connery replied, "I'm not Cary Grant."
  • Hostility on the Set: Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren had a major falling-out during the filming and there was a rumor that by the end he directed her through intermediaries. Although Hedren admits the she and Hitchcock's friendship ended during shooting, she denies the rumor that he didn't finish directing the film.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Tippi Hedren prefers this movie to The Birds, since she believes Marnie has more depth and complexity than Melanie Daniels.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Grace Kelly would have played Marnie opposite Cary Grant if not for her subjects in Monaco protesting the casting of her as a thief.
    • After Kelly dropped out of the film, Marilyn Monroe expressed interest in playing the part. According to Hollywood columnist Army Archard, when Alfred Hitchcock was asked about this possible casting, his reply was, "It's an interesting idea". Jane Fonda was also interested.
    • Candidates for Mark Rutland included Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Peter O'Toole and Rock Hudson.
    • Elizabeth Montgomery turned down the role of Lil Mainwaring due to her commitment to Bewitched. Vera Miles was also considered, while Jane Fonda was interested.
    • Joseph Stefano originally wrote a screen adaptation of the novel when Kelly was supposed to star. Stefano's adaptation was much truer to the original book, and would have included two important characters from the novel that never made it into the final version of the film. One was a psychotherapist that Marnie was seeing at Mark's insistence, whose role ended up being merged into Mark's. The other was a man named Terry who was a co-worker of Mark's and also in love with Marnie. The part of Terry was massively reworked and ended up becoming Lil.