Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.
The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Regina Giddons née Hubbard has her daughter under her thumb. Mrs. Giddons is estranged from her husband, who is convalescing in Baltimore and suffers from a terminal illness. But she needs him home, and will manipulate her daughter to help bring him back. She has a sneaky business deal that she's cooking up with her two elder brothers, Oscar and Ben. Oscar has a flighty, unhappy wife and a dishonest worm of a son. Will the daughter have to marry this contemptible cousin? Who will she grow up to be - her mother or her aunt? Or can she escape the fate of both? Written by
David Hewitt, the character played by Richard Carlson, does not appear at all in the play. He was added to provide a love interest for Alexandra Giddens (Teresa Wright's character), and to add another sympathetic male character to the film besides Horace Giddens (played by Herbert Marshall). See more »
On the night before Alexandria leaves for Baltimore when she leans over the railing after Aunt Birdie is slapped: In the wide shot her right hand is about 20 inches from the column, then in the close-up her hand is just inches from the column. See more »
Yes, they got mighty well-off cheating the poor. Well, there's people that eats up the whole Earth and all the people on it. Like in the Bible with the locusts. Then there's people that stand around and watch them do it. Sometimes I think it ain't right to stand and watch them do it.
There's something else in the Bible, Addie. Take us the foxes... the little foxes that spoil the vines... for our vines have tender grapes.
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Opening credits prologue: "Take us the foxes, The little foxes, that spoil the vines:
For our vines have tender grapes." The Song of Solomon 2:15
Little foxes have lived in all times, in all places. This family happened to live in the deep South in the year 1900. See more »
This was a surprisingly good movie - for me, not people who like Bette
Davis and melodramas. They got what they hoped for, another solid film
with her starring in it. I don't particularly care for Davis or
"soaps," but I liked this film and see it more of a straight drama,
anyway, especially because of the crisp dialog.
It's a story about money and how to use it or how to acquire more of it
through deceit and greed. Davis, as "Regina Gidden," is the most greedy
of the Gidden clan, vying for more money with her brothers who aren't
exactly trustworthy people themselves. Among the three, there wasn't
anyone to root for since the family shared in their lust for money.
Davis does her normal excellent acting job but I enjoyed Charles Dingle
as "(Uncle) Ben Hubbard" best. I liked his lines more than anyone's and
the way he delivered them. Carl Benton Reid played the other greedy
Hubbard brother, "Oscar" and Dan Duryea was interesting as Oscar's dumb
Herbert Marshall was good, too, as Regina's husband "Horace." He was an
honest, principled man and thus, the black sheep in that household.
Unfortunately, he was dying and his death played a big part in this
The sub-plot in this tale is the coming-of-age of Hubbard daughter
"Alexandra" played by Teresa Wright. Her "coming of age" translates to
finally standing up to her domineering mother. Richard Carlson plays
her reluctant boyfriend "David Hewitt" who, in the end, is won over
when "Alexandra" grows up.
So, this excellent cast, complemented by an outstanding director in
William Wyler and world-class cinematographer Gregg Toland all adds up
to a solid, memorable film.
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