The Foxes of Harrow

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The Foxes of Harrow
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Theatrical film poster
Directed byJohn M. Stahl
Screenplay byWanda Tuchock
Dwight Taylor (contributor to dialogue) (uncredited)
Edwin Justus Mayer (contributor to dialogue) (uncredited)
Thomas Job (contributor to dialogue) (uncredited)
Based onThe Foxes of Harrow
1946 novel
by Frank Yerby
Produced byWilliam A. Bacher
Darryl F. Zanuck
StarringRex Harrison
Maureen O'Hara
Richard Haydn
Victor McLaglen
Vanessa Brown
Patricia Medina
Gene Lockhart
CinematographyJoseph LaShelle
Edited byJames B. Clark
Music byDavid Buttolph
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
24 September 1947
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States/United Kingdom
Box office$3,150,000 (US rentals)



The Foxes of Harrow is a 1947 American adventure film directed by John M. Stahl. The film stars Rex Harrison, Maureen O'Hara, and Richard Haydn.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Production Design (Lyle R. Wheeler, Maurice Ransford, Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox).[4]

Plot summary[edit]

In pre-Civil War New Orleans, roguish Irish gambler Stephen Fox (Rex Harrison) buys his way into society – something he couldn't do in his homeland because he is illegitimate.[5]



The storyline is derived from the 1946 eponymous novel The Foxes of Harrow by Frank Yerby. Fox paid author Frank Yerby $150,000 for the motion picture rights to The Foxes of Harrow, which was his first novel. A December 1947 Ebony article called the figure "the biggest bonanza ever pocketed by a colored writer" and stated that the book was "the first Negro-authored novel ever bought by a Hollywood studio."[1]

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  1. ^ a b "The Foxes of Harrow (1947) - Notes". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  2. ^ "Variety". January 1948. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  3. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. p 221
  4. ^ "The Foxes of Harrow". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  5. ^ Hal Erickson. "The Foxes of Harrow (1947) - John M. Stahl | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-05-05.

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