Frenchman's Creek (1941)
"Frenchman's Creek" is a 1941 historical novel by Daphne du Maurier. Set in Cornwall during the reign of Charles II, it tells the story of a love affair between an impulsive English lady and a French pirate.
According to Variety, Hitchcock attempted to secure the film rights to the novel in 1941 but his offer was rejected.
The novel was eventually adapted into the 1944 Paramount film Frenchman's Creek, directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Córdova, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce — Fontaine and Bruce had both appeared in Hitchcock's adaptation of du Maurier's Rebecca (1940).