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The Foxes of Harrow (1947)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 24 September 1947 (USA)
In pre-Civil War New Orleans, Louisiana, roguish Irish gambler Stephen Fox (Sir Rex Harrison) buys his way into society, something he couldn't do in his homeland because he is illegitimate.

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

Frank Yerby (novel), Wanda Tuchock (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rex Harrison ... Stephen Fox
Maureen O'Hara ... Odalie 'Lilli' D'Arceneaux
Richard Haydn ... Andre LeBlanc
Victor McLaglen ... Captain Mike Farrell
Vanessa Brown ... Aurore D'Arceneaux
Patricia Medina ... Desiree
Gene Lockhart ... Viscount Henri D'Arceneaux
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Sean Fox
Hugo Haas ... Otto Ludenbach
Dennis Hoey ... Master of Harrow
Roy Roberts ... Tom Warren
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Storyline

In pre-Civil War New Orleans, Louisiana, roguish Irish gambler Stephen Fox (Sir Rex Harrison) buys his way into society, something he couldn't do in his homeland because he is illegitimate.

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The Pages of a Best Seller Pour Their Excitement Onto the Screen! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Débil es la carne See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie was based on Frank Yerby's bestseller, his first book. It was not widely known at the time that Yerby was African-American. His many books about "the old South" painted a more accurate picture than that of "Gone with the Wind". Nevertheless, Twentieth Century Fox was hoping for its own GWTW success and paid Yerby one hundred fifty thousand dollars for the rights, an astronomical figure. Yerby went on to write thirty-three books of historical fiction. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Fox: [after nodding to a passing coach] That's the second time I've comprised you. Once more and your father would probably force me to marry you.
Odalie 'Lilli' D'Arceneaux: Me to Marry you? Why you're the most insufferable, insulting - !
Stephen Fox: Stop being so angry with yourself. Face up to it. All your pretty notions are going astray and you have little left to use against me except I'm no gentleman and you're wrong there too. Because I'm from as fine a flock of sheep that's ever grazed in Ireland. But I had the luck to be the odd ...
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Mediocre treatment of Yerby's best-selling novel.
20 November 1999 | by fordraffSee all my reviews

This is a Cliff's Notes version of a heavily plotted historical novel dealing with Stephen Fox's rise and fall in New Orleans plantation society during the 1820's-1830's. Film has plot points similar to GWTW and "Anthony Adverse." Fox is Yerby's version of Rhett Butler; Odalie, his version of Scarlett. Rex Harrison is sadly miscast as Fox; Maureen O'Hara is waxy and cold as Odalie. Treatment of black characters is the most condescending I've seen in a film from this era (1947). Received top notch production values; should have been in color. But '47 was the year Fox made "Forever Amber" and its color went into that historical romance.


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