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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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Lillian Hellman (stage play)
Lillian Hellman (screen play)
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Release Date:
29 August 1941 (USA) See more »
...the film version of the stage hit, as the ruthless beauty whose ambition spelt the doom of three men
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 »
Nominated for 9 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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Magnificent adaptation of Hellman's hit play See more (103 total) »


  (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
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Carmen Dragon .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Max Terr .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Dalton S. Reymond .... technical advisor
Herman Shumlin .... producer: stage play
Niven Busch .... story editor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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116 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Regina returns home to find Horace in her part of the house, she clearly takes her left glove off before walking towards the staircase. Seconds later, after Horace tells her about the investment in the cotton mill, she turns around at the bottom of the staircase and takes her left glove off again.See more »
David Hewitt:I'll tell you what you could do if you went away, Zan: if you could find some place where they pay wages for talkin' silly, you could make a fortune.See more »
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37 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Magnificent adaptation of Hellman's hit play, 17 February 2003
Author: heathnick69 from Stonehaven, Scotland

As the greedy, conniving Regina Giddons, Bette Davis gives a fascinating performance which ranks with her very finest. Tallulah Bankhead had her greatest stage success playing Regina on Broadway in 1939. Wyler wanted Davis to portray Regina with a more sympathetic "hot house" flavour, but Bette was adamant that the character was a witch in spades: the resulting performance is striking. Regina Giddons is a classic example of a character movie viewers love to hate. Carl Benton Reid is great as the equally greedy brother and Dan Duryea is fine as Leo the crumb. As Alexandra, Teresa Wright is almost annoyingly innocent in the beginning, but she wisens up considerably towards the end of the film: "Why, Alexandra, you have spirit after all. I used to think you were all sugar-water" says a frankly impressed Regina. As the alcoholic flibbertigibbet Birdie, Patricia Collinge is perfection personified: a truly memorable portrait brilliantly enacted. Herbert Marshall is fine as the tragically deceived Horace who shouldn't depend on his "lovely" wife to fetch his heart medicine for him. A magnificent example of a great play transferred to film, Wyler's guiding hand is patent throughout: they definitely don't make films like this anymore - no matter what the cost.

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