The Little Foxes

Synopsis: The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Regina Giddons née Hubbard has her daughter under her thumb. Mrs. Giddons 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?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): William Wyler
Production: RKO
  Nominated for 9 Oscars. Another 3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

- Good morning.

- Morning, Mose.

Get out from under there!

I told you once.

How many times I got to tell you?

You come back here again...

Good morning.


Good morning, Harold.

Morning, Miss Zan. What does

your papa write from Baltimore?

- He writes that he feels better.

- That's good.

Write him my greetings and tell him

don't worry about the brass.

I'm keeping his name fine and clean.

Thanks, I will.

Those crabs will make

fine eating, Addie.

They better. We got high-tone company

for dinner tonight.

- Bye, Miss Zan.

- Good-bye, Harold.

Hello. You're out early.

- We've been to buy crabs.

- We're having gumbo tonight.

Gonna give Mr. Marshall of Chicago

a real Southern dinner.

How's your mama, Mr. David?

She's fine, thank you.

Zan, she says your petticoats

are ready to be fitted.

She said you're getting older and I

shouldn't say "petticoats" to you...

I should say "underskirts,"

or else keep still.

You shouldn't be saying "petticoats"

to me, but you know all about them.

Leo says you know almost as much

as he does.

I wouldn't take your cousin Leo's word

for anything. Nobody else does.

You don't like Leo, do you?

You don't like anybody in my family.

Yes, I do.

There's one person

I'm mighty fond of.

- Yes?

- Mr. David.

It's your papa.

Don't laugh at him.

He's beneath notice.

I'll take you on a picnic Sunday,

if you bring your own lunch.


Good morning, darling.

Good morning, Aunt Birdie.

Is your headache better?

- Yes, it's all gone.

- Good morning.

I'm going to stop a minute.

You drive the horse in.

Your mama will be waiting

to have breakfast with you, baby.

- She ain't nobody to keep waiting.

- All right.

Guess where we drove this morning.

To Lionnet.

Darling, was it beautiful?

Of course it was.

It was always beautiful

this time of year.

I've learned the Schubert for tonight.

I can play everything except the middle.

Couldn't we skip the middle?

Maybe Mr. Marshall wouldn't notice.

We couldn't. I'll come down and play it

through for you. You wait now.

Your mama says that Mr. Marshall's

a very educated, cultured gentleman.

I'm sure he'd notice.

Now, watch.

Two and one,

and two and one.

- Hey, there!

- Ow.

Good morning, Uncle Ben.

I've been awaken by many things,

but never by a concert.

Is this the new musical hour?

Good morning, Ben. I didn't realize.

I'm so sorry.

Aunt Birdie is showing me how to play

a piece for Mr. Marshall tonight.

I can't complain then.

- Alexandra, your breakfast is ready.

- Yes, Mama.

All of you, stop that vulgar

shouting out of windows.

- Morning, Regina.

- Really, Ben.

You look very silly

in your nightgown.

- You shouldn't show yourself.

- That's why I never got married.

I'll dress and come over for breakfast

with you and Alexandra.

Don't. I hate conversation

before I've had something hot.

What does your papa say?

"I still miss you, Zannie, more than

I can say. But you're not to worry.

I'm not lonesome, and everybody

at the hospital has been very kind. "

He addresses the letters to me

to make me think I'm grown up...

the way he used to

when I was little.

You don't have to explain to me.

Cal, get out that special bottle

of old port for this evening.

- Yes, ma'am.

- The one I've been saving.

That Mr. Marshall must be

a mighty honored guest.

- The grits is cold. Take it back.

- Yes, ma'am.

The grits didn't hold their heat!

Danver's girl is getting married

in Memphis.

Is that so?

I knew her mother.

She stayed with me once at Lionnet.

She was a Calhoun,

and the Calhouns were kin of ours.

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Lillian Hellman

Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She was blacklisted after her appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to work on Broadway in the 1950s, her blacklisting by the American film industry caused a drop in her income. Many praised Hellman for refusing to answer questions by HUAC, but others believed, despite her denial, that she had belonged to the Communist Party. As a playwright, Hellman had many successes on Broadway, including Watch on the Rhine, The Autumn Garden, Toys in the Attic, Another Part of the Forest, The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes. She adapted her semi-autobiographical play The Little Foxes into a screenplay, which starred Bette Davis and received an Academy Award nomination in 1942. Hellman was romantically involved with fellow writer and political activist Dashiell Hammett, author of the classic detective novels The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, who also was blacklisted for 10 years until his death in 1961. The couple never married. Hellman's accuracy was challenged after she brought a libel suit against Mary McCarthy. In 1979, on The Dick Cavett Show, McCarthy said that "every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'." During the libel suit, investigators found errors in Hellman's popular memoirs such as Pentimento. They said that the "Julia" section of Pentimento, which had been the basis for the Oscar-winning 1977 movie of the same name, was actually based on the life of Muriel Gardiner. Martha Gellhorn, one of the most prominent war correspondents of the twentieth century, as well as Ernest Hemingway's third wife, said that Hellman's remembrances of Hemingway and the Spanish Civil War were wrong. McCarthy, Gellhorn and others accused Hellman of lying about her membership in the Communist Party and being an unrepentant Stalinist. more…

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