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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:
(52 articles)
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)

Icymi
 (From FilmExperience. 24 May 2014, 2:00 PM, PDT)

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One of Bette Davis' Best Performances See more (97 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)
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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:
'Although rumours were circulating that 'Jack Warner' was looking to replace Bette Davis after she walked off the picture, the truth of the matter was that he was very reluctant to do so as it would involve significant costs in reshooting all the scenes already in the can with a different actress.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: (at around 5 mins) When the piano is played the sounds we hear are an octave lower than the hand-positions shown.See more »
Quotes:
Regina Giddens:[about a possible marriage between Alexandra and Leo] There are a lot of things to consider. After all, they are first cousins.
Oscar Hubbard:Well, that isn't unusual, our grandfather and grandmother were first cousins!
Regina Giddens:Yes, and look at us.
[laughs]
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Soundtrack:
Never Too Weary to PraySee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One of Bette Davis' Best Performances, 15 May 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Bette Davis stars as Regina Giddens in this film version of Lillian Hellman's smash hit play (which starred Tallulah Bankhead). This tale of the pre-industrial south of 1900 pits Regina against her greedy brothers as they scheme to open a textile mill that will make them rich. Great performances here from Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Charles Dingle, Patricia Collinge, Dan Duryea, Jessie Grayson, and Carl Benton Reid. Sort of a modern King Lear, but Hellman had a wicked ear for acid dialog and her characters each have moments of grandeur as they spit and snarl. Collinge is very good as pitiable Birdie. Wright and Carlson are especially good as the young lovers, and Duryea gives a wonderfully slimy performance. Dingle has his best role as the smart brother, and Marshall--always underrated in Hollywood--is splendid as Horace. Bette Davis gives a controlled and icy performance as the woman who never gets what she wants. Her final scene from the window as she watches her daughter leave in the rain is a classic. Great film about a dysfunctional family before there even WAS such a thing!

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