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Directed by William Wyler

United States 1941 116 mins.

The Little Foxes was the final collaboration of Bette Davis and William Wyler, a tumultuous creative—and sometimes romantic—partnership that brought Hollywood key works such as Jezebel and The Letter. Davis plays Regina Hubbard Giddens, a wealthy, independent Southern woman passed over for a huge inheritance, but between her scheming, already-wealthy brothers and her near-death husband, she is caught in web of arch-male control and deceit. But Regina, in unswerving Davis fashion, has plans of her own to enact and fears no one. Featuring incredible, and often disconcertingly claustrophobic, deep-focus cinematography by Gregg Toland, The Little Foxes—a nine-time loser at the 1942 Academy Awards, including a top actress nod for Davis—is a “slickly mounted” film with “power and superb performances.”—Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Bette & Joan