Foxfire (1955 film)

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Directed by Joseph Pevney
Produced by Aaron Rosenberg
Screenplay by Ketti Frings
Story by Anya Seton
Starring Jane Russell
Jeff Chandler
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
June 13, 1955 (NYC)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.9 million (US rentals)[1]

Foxfire is a 1955 Hollywood motion picture, that starred Jane Russell and Jeff Chandler. Foxfire is historically notable in that it was the last American film to be shot in three-strip Technicolor, which process had been displaced by the coarser-grained and less chromatically saturated, but much cheaper, Eastmancolor single-strip process.


After her car breaks down in the desert, Amanda Lawrence accepts a ride from Jonathan Dartland, a mining engineer, and his friend Hugh Slater, a doctor. Invited to a party at her wealthy mother's, "Dart" claims not to be fond of rich, spoiled women, but he and Amanda fall in love.

Amanda's mother is not pleased to hear that Dart's own mother is an Apache Indian, once married to a Boston college professor. Apaches work for Dart in a mine, but women are not welcome and Amanda feels ignored. She spends more time with Hugh, causing gossip in town begun by Maria, who is attracted to the doctor.

A pregnant Amanda seeks out Dart's mother, an Apache princess, who explains some of her son's attitudes. Dart angrily believes Amanda to be off with Hugh somewhere, however. When she returns, he is drunk and violent with her, causing a miscarriage.

Amanda intends to return home. A collapse of the Foxfire mine injures Dart, but he also finds a rich vein of gold there. Informed that he's been hurt, Amanda rushes back to him.

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The movie was filmed on location at the Apple Valley Inn in Apple Valley, California and in Oatman, Arizona.


A.H. Weiler of the New York Times said: "Jeff Chandler, who wrote the lyrics of the title tune, and who, we are told, sings it, does well by the role of the brooding, brawny and handsome engineer. Although his problems appear to be bigger than they actually are, he makes a fine, romantic figure of a man. Miss Russell, if the appraisal isn't redundant by now, is a fine figure of a woman in a variety of revealing gowns and negligees. Her cheerfully sincere efforts to make her marriage work are worthy of sympathy, but, all things considered, Mr. Chandler's acting rings truer." [2]


On 25 July 1956, Foxfire was the film playing aboard the SS Andrea Doria at the time it was stuck by the MS Stockholm.


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ A.H. Weiler, "Story of Half Breed and Heiress Opens" July 14, 1955

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