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Another Part of the Forest (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 22 December 1948 (Denmark)
This 'prequel' to The Little Foxes tells how the ruthless members of the old-South Hubbard family got that way.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (play), Vladimir Pozner (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fredric March ... Marcus Hubbard
Dan Duryea ... Oscar Hubbard
Edmond O'Brien ... Benjamin 'Ben' Hubbard
Ann Blyth ... Regina Hubbard
Florence Eldridge ... Lavinia Hubbard
John Dall ... John Bagtry
Dona Drake ... Laurette Sincee
Betsy Blair ... Birdie Bagtry
Fritz Leiber ... Colonel Isham
Whit Bissell ... Jugger
Don Beddoe ... Penniman
Wilton Graff ... Sam Taylor
Virginia Farmer ... Clara Bagtry
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Coralee
Smoki Whitfield Smoki Whitfield ... Jake
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Storyline

Fifteen years after the Civil War the people of Bowden, Alabama still hate Marcus Hubbard for wartime profiteering. He's also at odds with wife Lavinia and his sons, conniving Ben and weak Oscar; but beautiful daughter Regina gets all she wants from him. Conflicts intensify when Regina gets involved with John Bagtry, scion of the old gentry, and Oscar with the Ku Klux Klan; on a stormy night, family relationships unravel. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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That fascinating family from Broadway's most shocking play!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

22 December 1948 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

No Caminho da Vida See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Another Part of the Forest" by Lillian Hellman opened at the Fulton Theater in New York on November 20, 1946 and ran for 182 performances. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Hubbard: Stop cryin' over your food, Lavinia...if you want it to remain unsalted.
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Connections

Follows The Little Foxes (1941) See more »

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The Little Foxes when they were smaller still.
28 August 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"Another Part of the Forest" is a prequel to "The Little Foxes" but made seven years later and it feels like an attempt to do a reprise of Wyler's classic with Ann Blyth, Edmond O'Brien and Dan Duryea trying to fill the shoes of Miss Davis, Charles Dingle and Carl Benton Reid. Actually O'Brien is very good and Duryea, who played the son of the character he's playing here in Wylers film, isn't bad. Only Blyth lets the side down. Their parents are a gruff Fredric March and a dotty (and excellent) Florence Eldridge.

The movie purports to show how the nasty Hubbards got to be so nasty but there really isn't anything here we haven't seen before. This is more like a remake than a prequel and under Michael Gordon's limp direction it's hard to tell if this would have been any good on the stage. What's fairly clear is that this is second-rate Hellman and Gordon does nothing to make it cinematic. Still, in its fevered bad movie kind of way it's actually quite entertaining. No family ever had so many skeletons rattling around in the cupboard and letting skeletons loose can be good fun. Of course, perhaps Hellman intented it all as a joke or maybe the humour was simply unintentional.


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