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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 »
User Reviews:
Want to know what "greed" means? See more (99 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
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)
 
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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:
Sergei M. Eisenstein counted The Little Foxes (1941) as one of his favorite films.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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rosen aus dem SüdenSee more »

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40 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Want to know what "greed" means?, 25 August 2004

One of the several masterpieces made by master William Wyler, and definetely one of the best movies of all times. As he did in The Letter, Mr. Wyler counted on Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall to play the leading roles in Little Foxes; and the choice worked out perfectly again.

I'm sure that some of the others reviewers will have written about the story of Little Foxes (greed, betrayal, hate... against honesty and loyalty), so I won't. I'll talk about some other things:

-Bette Davis: for me there're no more than 5 actresses which would deserve the title of "best actress ever": Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Stanwyck, and of course Bette. She was the best playing evil women, heartless, unmerciful ones. And there's no doubt that the character of Reggina Gibbens gathers all those characteristics together. The performing of Bette Davis is memorable (as expected), and the way she says things such as "I don't hate you, I just feel contempt for you"... that are just like a punch in your face. There should be a picture of Mrs. Davis in the dictionaries next to that sentence that says "look that kills". Bette Davis was the look that killed.

-The Film: "Millimetric" it would be a nice word to define the script. Some of the dialogues of Little Foxes are part of the history of cinema, especially the ones between Reggina and her husband. The scene in which she watches him have a heartattack is simply devastating. There are lots of long shot-sequences that intensify the tension, and Wyler's sense of rhythm is something to be shown in Cinema School even nowadays (especially nowadays).

We got the Gioconda, the Basílica of San Pedro in Vatican, the Guernica... and we got movies such as The Little Foxes.

My rate: 10/10

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