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I like the play and I like Lillian Hellman. Sharp, edgy dialogue especially for the day drives this on-your-seat family drama.

The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (1939)

The year is and the South is still playing catch up with the industrialized North. I hellmzn thought this play was going to be about a middle-aged woman taking care of a bunch of children. Retrieved July 21, — via Newspapers. Brothers Ben and Oscar are investing in a cotton mill, but they need to raise capital from Horace, ailing husband of their sister Regina.

And so, to some extent, it is. Litttle and Hellman had their own vision of how “The Little Foxes” should be brought to the screen, and it did not include Jasper native Tallulah Bankhead. A plantation in “Foxes” called Lionnet resembles, by its description in the play, the Demopolis mansions owned by the prosperous Lyon family.


Tallulah Bankhead played Regina on stage, Bette Davis in the hellnan version. I hellman that Tallulah had played it the only way it could be played.

I didn’t hate it, but I wanted to love this play, and I didn’t. Archived from the original on July 28, That accusation and Bankhead’s high-maintenance tantrums did not sit well with Hellman. As a contract player at Warner Bros. Films directed by William Wyler.

This article is about the film. Miss Hellman’s Regina was written with such definition that it could only be played one way. Warner refused to lend Davis to Goldwyn, who then offered the role to Miriam Hopkins.

Goldwyn had it in his power to sue me for the entire cost of the production. When Tallulah Bankhead appeared with the play in Birmingham a year earlier at the Temple Theatre, on February 11 and 12,the reviews had been more euphoric.

Lillian Hellman wrote the screenplay for a film versiona Samuel Goldwyn production directed by William Wyler.

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Regina is their sister, wife to Horace, mother to Alexandra, with a dangerous hunger for profit. Its title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the Song of Solomon in the King James version of the Bible, which reads, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: Eventually, Horace dies, leaving no one to contradict Regina if she lkllian her brothers of theft.

I’ll be sued for libel. Into this peaceful scene put the prosperous, despotic Hubbard family – Ben, possessive and scheming; Oscar, cruel and arrogant; Ben’s dupe, Leo, weak and unprincipled; Regina wickedly clever – each trying to outwit the other. Regina, realizing her two brothers stole the bonds through Leo, who works at the bank, schemes to acquire a larger share of the mill by blackmailing her brothers about their theft.


More and more and more as I read. Views Read Edit View history. He refuses to lump his savings into their scheme, and his horrid shrew of foxe wife takes it as a personal attack.

The Little Foxes

Ben and Oscar, aware of Horace’s refusal, pressure Leo into stealing Horace’s railroad bonds from his personal security box at the bank to complete the sum needed to construct the mill.

Wyler, with the aid of Gregg Toland, has used the camera to sweep in the myriad small details of a mauve decadent household and the more indicative facets of the many characters The Hubbards are an unscrupulous, greedy, soulless Southern family Yoknapatawhans would know them as Snopeses.

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