The Little Foxes

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Lillian Hellman's play about the malevolence of human greed, as displayed in the internecine machinations of a wealthy Southern family, now creaks audibly. But you are unlikely ever to see a better version than this, caressed by Gregg Toland's deep focus camerawork, embalmed by Wyler's direction and Goldwyn's sumptuous production values, galvanised by some superlative performances. The sulphurous Davis, her face a livid mask as she dispenses icy venom behind feline purrs, outdoes herself to provide the proceedings with a regally vicious centre; even so, she is in constant danger of being upstaged by Duryea, Dingle and Collinge.

By: TM

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Duration: 116 mins

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Director: William Wyler
Screenwriter: Lillian Hellman, Arthur Kober, Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell
Cast: Bette Davis
Herbert Marshall
Teresa Wright
Patricia Collinge
Dan Duryea
Charles Dingle
Richard Carlson
Carl Benton Reid
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