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The Little Foxes -- The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century.

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Director:
Writers:
Lillian Hellman (stage play)
Lillian Hellman (screen play)
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Release Date:
29 August 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...the film version of the stage hit, as the ruthless beauty whose ambition spelt the doom of three men
Plot:
The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 9 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(53 articles)
Life’s a Breeze | Review
 (From ioncinema. 15 September 2014, 8:00 AM, PDT)

Broadway Casting Director Barry Moss Dies at 74
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 4 July 2014, 3:47 PM, PDT)

Smackdown 1941: Margaret, Mary, Sara, Patricia & Teresa
 (From FilmExperience. 31 May 2014, 7:43 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Davis is unforgettable See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Regina Giddens
Herbert Marshall ... Horace Giddens

Teresa Wright ... Alexandra Giddens

Richard Carlson ... David Hewitt
Dan Duryea ... Leo Hubbard
Patricia Collinge ... Birdie Hubbard
Charles Dingle ... Ben Hubbard
Carl Benton Reid ... Oscar Hubbard
Jessica Grayson ... Addie (as Jessie Grayson)
John Marriott ... Cal
Russell Hicks ... William Marshall
Lucien Littlefield ... Manders
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Hewitt
Terry Nibert ... Julia
Henry 'Hot Shot' Thomas ... Harold
Charles R. Moore ... Simon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Dawson (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Bank Customer (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Train Companion (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Depositor (uncredited)
Kenny Washington ... Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
Lillian Hellman (stage play)

Lillian Hellman (screen play)

Arthur Kober (additional scenes and dialogue) &
Dorothy Parker (additional scenes and dialogue) and
Alan Campbell (additional scenes and dialogue)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Meredith Willson (music)
 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup: Miss Davis
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Tummel .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound recorder
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Dalton S. Reymond .... technical advisor
Herman Shumlin .... producer: stage play
Niven Busch .... story editor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7450)

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Trivia:
According to 'Reel Facts: The Movie Book of Records', Goldwyn had to pay Warners $385,000 for Davis' services.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the final scene, just before Alexandra leaves Regina, in the shot when Regina climbs the stairs, and asks Zan if she would "like to sleep in her room tonight", we see a chair in the background (which earlier in the scene, Regina had sat in). The chair seat is empty. Two shots later, when Alexandra collects her hat and coat to leave, they have suddenly appeared on the chair.See more »
Quotes:
Regina Giddens:[final lines] Would you like to talk to me, Alexandra? Would you... like to sleep in my room tonight?
Alexandra Giddens:Why, Mama? Are you afraid?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Never Too Weary to PraySee more »

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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Davis is unforgettable, 1 September 1999

This film fully deserves its reputation as one of the most scorching dramas of greed and corruption ever placed on celluloid. A deceptively slow start soon draws into the machinations of the Hubbard clan whose brazen backstabbings and betrayals even today make our jaws drop. Davis' stunning portrayal of the supremely grasping Regina Giddens leads a stellar cast which does a superb job of delineating a finely drawn group of characters. Charles Dingle's deceptively warm smile masks the cooly intelligent deviousness of Ben Hubbard. Carl Reid's Oscar Hubbard is just as malicious but his inferior intelligence makes him yield to his brother's and sister's lead. Dan Duryea nicely portrays the imbecilic and immature Leo Hubbard, a characterization which borders on but never crosses over into comedy. Patricia Collinge breaks our hearts as the broken-spirited and alcoholic Birdie, Oscar's wife. Herbert Marshall's performance as the doomed Horace, Regina's husband, delineates the pain, anger, and sense of betrayal burning beneath his deathly illness. The star of the proceedings, however, is clearly Davis. Wyler's superb direction blends all these characters into a masterful whole.

Hellman's skill as a dramatist must be credited for much of this, but her Marxist inclinations clearly peep through the seams of the dialogue.

I'm glad I finally had a chance to see this undoubted classic. Thanks again to that great channel, American Movie Classics.

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