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The Little Foxes ()


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The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Regina Giddens
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Horace Giddens
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Alexandra Giddens
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David Hewitt
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Leo Hubbard
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Birdie Hubbard
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Ben Hubbard
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Oscar Hubbard
Jessica Grayson ...
Addie (as Jessie Grayson)
John Marriott ...
Cal
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William Marshall
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Manders
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Mrs. Hewitt
Terry Nibert ...
Julia
Henry 'Hot Shot' Thomas ...
Harold
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Simon
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Dawson (uncredited)
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Bank Customer (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ...
Headwaiter (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ...
Train Companion (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ...
Depositor (uncredited)
Kenny Washington ...
Servant (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Wyler

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Lillian Hellman ... (by)
 
Lillian Hellman ... (screen play)
 
Arthur Kober ... (additional scenes and dialogue) &
Dorothy Parker ... (additional scenes and dialogue) and
Alan Campbell ... (additional scenes and dialogue)

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Samuel Goldwyn ... producer

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Meredith Willson

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Gregg Toland ... (photography)

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Daniel Mandell

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Stephen Goosson

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Howard Bristol ... (set decorations)

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Orry-Kelly ... (costumes)

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Perc Westmore ... makeup: Miss Davis
Norbert A. Myles ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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William Tummel ... assistant director

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Frank Maher ... sound recorder

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Ned Scott ... still photographer
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Carmen Dragon ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... conductor (uncredited)
Max Terr ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Zador ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Samuel Goldwyn ... presenter
Dalton S. Reymond ... technical advisor
Herman Shumlin ... producer: stage play
Niven Busch ... story editor (uncredited)
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The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Regina Giddens née Hubbard has her daughter under her thumb. Mrs Giddens 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 J. Spurlin

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Taglines ...the film version of the stage hit, as the ruthless beauty whose ambition spelt the doom of three men See more »
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Also Known As
  • La vipère (France)
  • Die kleinen Füchse (Germany)
  • Les petites guineus (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La loba (Spain)
  • Les guineuetes (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 116 min
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Trivia Bette Davis and William Wyler fought a great deal during filming. Disagreements ranged from Davis's interpretation of the character (Wyler thought she should be more sympathetic) to the appearance of the house (Davis thought it was far too opulent for a family struggling financially), to her appearance (Wyler thought her white makeup made her look like a Kabuki performer.) Davis eventually walked out of production, but returned when she heard rumors she was going to be replaced by Katharine Hepburn or Miriam Hopkins. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970). See more »
Soundtracks Never Too Weary to Pray See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Regina Giddens: I hope you die! I hope you die soon! I'll be waiting for you to die!
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