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The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

Source of Film

The Little Foxes (1939)

Starring Tallulah Bankhead, the 1939 play was a Broadway hit and ran for 410 performances before touring the U.S. Except for the star, several of the play's actors reprised their performances in the film version.

Lillian Hellman also wrote the film's screenplay.

Producer Detail

Samuel Goldwyn

Director Detail

William Wyler

Movie Rating

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Film Run-Time and Synopsis

1 hour, 56 minutes

Bette Davis stars as a scheming wife who tries to bully her sickly, estranged husband into a business deal with her siblings. Directed by William Wyler.

Film Comments

The director, William Wyler, had previously worked with Bette Davis in two successful releases and insisted on her starring in the role.


Unfortunately, it marked the end of their relationship.   They had a severe disagreement over how a particular scene should be played and never worked together again.

Film Awards

MPAA Rating

The film is approved.

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