Tallulah Bankhead as Regina Giddens in the original Broadway production of The Little Foxes 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. Warner refused to lend Davis to Goldwyn, who then offered the role to Miriam Hopkins. As a contract player at Warner Bros. Bankhead had portrayed Regina as a victim forced to fight for her survival due to the contempt with which her brothers treated her, but Davis played her as a cold, conniving, calculating woman wearing a death mask of white powder she insisted makeup artist Perc Westmore create for her. I insisted that Tallulah had played it the only way it could be played.

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Set in small Southern town , it centers on Regina Hubbard Giddens, who conspires with her brothers for control of a family business belonging to her husband, in an era when men were seen as the only legal heirs. The play has been staged and in revival ever since it was first opened on Broadway in This, they hope, will come from Horace, who has been in the hospital with a heart ailment.

Horace is beset by his relatives the first hour of his homecoming, but refuses to commit himself. However, knowing that he is to be short-lived, Horace has his box brought to him.

The playwright, Lillian Hellman , in Discovering the theft, he informs his wife that he has willed the bonds to her. He promises to say nothing about the theft, calling it a loan. Cruelly, Regina recalls their unhappy married life, causing Horace to be stricken with a severe attack. Regina refuses to get his medicine upstairs, hoping that the effort of climbing may prove fatal.

Horace collapses. It starred Tallulah Bankhead as Regina. Lillian Hellman wrote the screenplay, with contributions by her friend Dorothy Parker and her then-husband. The film did well at the box office, and though its darkly back-stabbing plot was highlighted in reviews, it was a critical success as well. Finally for the purposes of this post, that is, probably not forever , the much-lauded production of The Little Foxes at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway alternates two fine actresses in the role of Regina — Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney.

This production won several major awards. Any theories on why this play, set in and that debuted in , continues to resonate? Perhaps it has something to do with its depiction of greed and corruption, two universal aspects of human nature.

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Buy Study Guide Summary Act 1. Addie , a year-old black servant, is closing the windows. Then Cal, another black servant, comes in with a tray with 10 glasses and port wine. Addie questions Cal about the port and he tells her that Regina told him to get the bottle for a "mighty honored guest. As the servants talk, Birdie Hubbard, a woman in her 40s, enters. Hellman writes, "Her movements are usually nervous and timid, but now, as she comes running into the room, she is gay and excited. She discusses the fact that her parents used to go to Europe to see operas, alluding to her old family wealth, as Oscar Hubbard comes in.


The Little Foxes Summary and Analysis of Part 1

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Jan 28, Ariya rated it it was ok The Little Foxes is a play by Lillian Hellman about the Giddens family living in the South, who is concerned with keeping their wealth. The play focuses on Regina Hubbard Giddens, in her desire for a share of the family inheritance. The play deals with the themes of social class, domestic violence, race, and gender. By the end of the show, Regina, ends up with the family money because she threatened to blackmail her brothers, so she ends up being alone. Here is why First off, I found the first two acts incredibly boring. The entire play is set in the Giddens family living room, which seems like it would add continuity to the play as a whole, but after a while it just got monotonous because it felt like I was just reading a REALLY long scene.

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