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The Little Foxes

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.

Appears in: Bette & Joan

Genres: Drama

Other Films by William Wyler

The Letter

This second adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s 1927 stage play features Bette Davis’ turn as Leslie Crosbie, an adulterous yet misunderstood plantation wife in what is now Malaysia. Leslie, married to Robert (Herbert Marshall) yet unapologetically in love with another man, is caught in a bind when she kills her lover, ostensibly out of self-defense.


Her role in Wyler’s sensitive Antebellum drama garnered Bette Davis the second—and somewhat shockingly, final—Oscar of her burgeoning career, unforgettably playing the careening New Orleans society belle Julie Marsden. Julie is engaged to Preston “Pres” Dillard (Henry Fonda in a particularly headstrong role), a banker in the midst of the biggest deal of his career,