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The Foxes of Harrow

The Foxes of Harrow
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Theatrical film poster
Directed by John M. Stahl
Produced by William A. Bacher
Written by Frank Yerby (novel)
Screenplay by Wanda Tuchock
Dwight Taylor
Edwin Justus Mayer
Thomas Job
Based on The Foxes of Harrow
Starring Rex Harrison
Maureen O'Hara
Richard Haydn
Victor McLaglen
Vanessa Brown
Patricia Medina
Gene Lockhart
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Joseph LaShelle
Editing by James B. Clark
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) 24 September 1947
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States/United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $2,750,000[1]

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

The film was nominated an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler, Maurice Ransford, Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox).[2]

Plot summary

In the 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.[3]



The storyline is derived from the 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." [4]


External links

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  • TCM Movie Database
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