It's been suggested that early DYNASTY was inspired in small part by the Daphne du Maurier novel, and the 1940 movie, REBECCA. There's a creepy servant who doesn't accept the new, second wife, there's a mysteriously missing first wife, and there's even a "Gavin Maurier" later on. And at some point the second Mrs. de Winter actually winds up with one of the first Mrs. de Winter's handkerchiefs. But I only realized recently that Laurence Olivier goes around saying "What the devil!" throughout the entire movie! Coinkidink??