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The Little Foxes (1941) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressBette DavisNominated
Best Supporting ActressPatricia CollingeNominated
Best Supporting ActressTeresa WrightNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Stephen Goosson; Interior Decoration: Howard BristolNominated
Best DirectorWilliam WylerNominated
Best Film EditingDaniel MandellNominated
Best Music - ScoringMeredith WillsonNominated
Best PictureSamuel Goldwyn ProductionsNominated
Best WritingLillian HellmanNominated
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Screening of "The Little Foxes" at Daystar Center July 24

By Stephen Reginald on Jul 23, 2018 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of "The Little Foxes" at Daystar Center July 24 The Little Foxes (1941) Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street, Room 102 When: July 24, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald During the turn of the 20th century in the Deep South, the Hubbard family is fighting ... Read full article


The Little Foxes (1941, William Wyler)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 25, 2017 From The Stop Button

The most impressive things about The Little Foxes are, in no particular order, Bette Davis?s performance (specifically her micro expressions), Patricia Collinge?s supporting performance, director Wyler?s composition, director Wyler?s staging of the narrative (adapted by Lillian Hellman from her play... Read full article


The Little Foxes (1941): the Melodrama for Our Political Moment

By Judy on Jan 28, 2017 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

I found it eerie watching Regina (Bette Davis) plotting with her brothers in a story described by a contemporary reviewer as a “grim and malignant melodrama.” Certain themes kept surfacing that read like today’s headlines: mistreatment of minorities, disregard for others’ hea... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: The Little Foxes

By Amanda Garrett on May 23, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

The Little Foxes starring Bette Davis, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Throughout May, I'll celebrate the 75th anniversary of... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE LITTLE FOXES (1941)

By Jennifer Garlen on Apr 11, 2016 From Virtual Virago

The Little Foxes (1941) reunites stars Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall with director William Wyler after their collaboration the previous year in The Letter (1940), in which Davis had also played a morally bankrupt wife who wrecks Marshall's life. The original stage version of the play by Lillian H... Read full article


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Quotes from

Leo Hubbard: [Arriving for work at the bank] Good morning, Mr. Manders... Well, what can I do for you today?
Sam Manders: You can do one thing, Leo.
Leo Hubbard: Yes, sir? What's that?
Sam Manders: You can try keeping awake... ALL day.


Ben Hubbard: I always say to myself, I don't like nervous people. I can't trust 'em. Leo, you are one of the people who bore me. An' I'm getting' too old to wanna' be bored. I'm just getting' so I hate it. Now you take your nerves on outta' here and go upstairs and take a warm bath. That'll be good for you - a nice, warm bath.


Regina Giddens: I was lonely when I was young. Not in the way people usually mean. I was lonely for all the things I wasn't gonna get.


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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.
According to Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the reason Jack L. Warner loaned Bette Davis to RKO for this movie was to settle a $300,000 gambling debt Warner had with Samuel Goldwyn. It has been said that all of the studio moguls (Jack L. Warner, Samuel Goldwyn, Harry Cohn, Louis B. Mayer, Darryl F. Zanuck and Carl Laemmle) would gather and play cards after work, after having "stabbed each other in the back" during the day.
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).
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