The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

Bette Davis
Director: William Wyler Cast: Bette Davis
Bette Davis
, Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall
, Teresa Wright
Teresa Wright
William Wyler

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Overview

Playwright Lillian Hellman first wrote of the horrible Hubbard family in her 1939 play The Little Foxes. In this lavish 1941 film version, Bette Davis takes over for Broadway's Tallulah Bankhead in the role of conniving turn-of-the-century Southern aristocrat Regina Hubbard Giddens. Regina's equally odious brothers (Charles Dingle and Carl Benton Reid) want her to lend them 75,000 dollars to help build a cotton mill. To do this, she must make peace with her long-estranged husband, Horace (Herbert Marshall) -- and failing that, she tries to arrange a wealthy marriage between her daughter, Alexandra (Teresa Wright), and her slimy nephew Leo (Dan Duryea). Horace refuses to give Regina the money, whereupon Leo is pressured by his father (Reid) to steal bonds from the family business. Regina uses this information as a means of blackmailing her brothers for a share in the new mill. In retaliation, Horace claims that he gave Leo the bonds as a loan, thereby cutting Regina out of the deal. When Horace suffers a heart attack, Regina makes no effort to give him his medicine, and he dies without revealing his willingness to loan the money to Leo. Regina is thus still able to strongarm her brothers into giving her a piece of the mill -- but the price for her evil machinations is the loss of her daughter's love and respect. The Little Foxes caused a censorship stir in 1941; by refusing to give Horace his medicine, Regina technically gets away with murder. However, the censors decided that Regina was punished enough when her daughter left her to marry an honest newspaperman (Richard Carlson). Given the usual Tiffany treatment by producer Sam Goldwyn, The Little Foxes was a success; several years later, Lillian Hellman wrote a "prequel" to The Little Foxes, titled Another Part of the Forest.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2014
UPC: 0883929405114
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 6,655

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Regina Hubbard Giddens
Herbert Marshall Horace Giddens
Teresa Wright Alexandra Giddens
Richard Carlson David Hewitt
Patricia Collinge Birdie Hubbard
Charles Dingle Ben Hubbard
Dan Duryea Leo Hubbard
Carl Benton Reid Oscar Hubbard
Jessie Grayson Addie
John Marriott Cal
Russell Hicks William Marshall
Lucien Littlefield Sam Naders
Henry Thomas Harold
Virginia Brissac Lucy Hewitt
Charles Moore Simon
Hooper Atchley Guest
Al Bridge Dawson, the Hotel Manager
Lew Kelly Train Companion
Henry Roquemore Depositor
Kenny Washington Servant

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Alan Campbell Screenwriter
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Stephen Goosson Production Designer
Lillian Hellman Screenwriter
Arthur Kober Screenwriter
Dan Mandell Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorothy Parker Screenwriter
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
William Tummel Asst. Director
Perc Westmore Makeup
Meredith Willson Score Composer

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