16MM MOVIE NITE
is obsessed with B&W noir films from the 1950s.
please join us for our premiere screening of
THE LITTLE FOXES
ORIGINAL 16MM FILM projected on a screen!
BEAUTIFUL PATIO FOR PRE & POST SCREENING RELAXATION
1643 N LAS PALMAS AVE
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028
The Little Foxes (1941), directed by William Wyler. T
- Bette Davis as Regina Giddens
- Herbert Marshall as Horace Giddens
- Teresa Wright as Alexandra Giddens
- Richard Carlson as David Hewitt
- Dan Duryea as Leo Hubbard
- Patricia Collinge as Birdie Hubbard
- Charles Dingle as Ben Hubbard
- Carl Benton Reid as Oscar Hubbard
- Jessie Grayson as Addie
- John Marriott as Cal
- Russell Hicks as William Marshall
- Lucien Littlefield as Manders
- Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Hewitt
- Charles R. Moore as Simon
- The title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 in 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: for our vines have tender grapes." The same passage also inspired the title of an unrelated film, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes.
Tallulah Bankhead had received critical acclaim for her performance in the 1939 Broadway production of Hellman's play, but director William Wyler, who previously had teamed with Bette Davis on Jezebel and The Letter, insisted on casting her in the lead role instead. Producer Samuel Goldwyn agreed, since none of Bankhead's films had been box office hits. (Coincidentally, Davis had recreated on film another of Bankhead's Broadway roles, Judith Traherne in Dark Victory.) However, Davis was reluctant, "On The Little Foxes I begged the producer, Samuel Goldwyn, to let Tallulah Bankhead play Regina because Tallulah was magnificent on the stage. He wouldn't let her."
Initially Jack L. Warner refused to loan Davis to Goldwyn, who then offered the role to Miriam Hopkins. When Wyler refused to work with her, Goldwyn resumed negotiations with Warner and finally secured Davis for $385,000. As a contract player at Warner Bros., Davis was earning $3,000 dollars a week, and when she discovered how much Warner had received for her appearance in Foxes, she demanded and ultimately received a share of the payment.