The Little Foxes
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Playwright Lillian Hellman first wrote of the horrible Hubbard family in her 1939 play The Little Foxes. In this lavish 1941 film version, Bette Davis takes over for Broadway's Tallulah Bankhead in the role of conniving turn-of-the-century Southern aristocrat Regina Hubbard Giddens. Regina's equally odious brothers (Charles Dingle and Carl Benton Reid) want her to lend them 75,000 dollars to help build a cotton mill. To do this, she must make peace with her long-estranged husband, Horace (Herbert Marshall) -- and failing that, she tries to arrange a wealthy marriage between her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When viewed today, the hysterical melodrama seems creaky."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Little Foxes is worth seeing for a number of reasons from its beautiful and innovative cinematography to the striking and mordantly witty screenplay."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Sharply written, insightful and still timely study of turn of the century antebellum avarice."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Significantly (and surprisingly) the nasty tone of Hellman's morality drama about corruption and greed in a Southern clan remained intact, allowing Bette Davis (in a role that Bankhead originated on stage) to shine as the amoral and immoral matriarch"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A sharp and entertaining adaptation of the Lillian Hellman play."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"One of the best films ever made."
‑ Randy Shulman, Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
"A classic example of how a play can be successfully adapted into a movie."
‑ Nigam Nuggehalli,
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