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The movie was based on Frank Yerby's bestseller, his first book. It was not widely known at the time that Yerby was African-American. His many books about "the old South" painted a more accurate picture than that of "Gone with the Wind". Nevertheless, Twentieth Century Fox was hoping for its own GWTW success and paid Yerby one hundred fifty thousand dollars for the rights, an astronomical figure. Yerby went on to write thirty-three books of historical fiction. See more »
[after nodding to a passing coach]
That's the second time I've comprised you. Once more and your father would probably force me to marry you.
Odalie 'Lilli' D'Arceneaux:
Me to Marry you? Why you're the most insufferable, insulting - !
Stop being so angry with yourself. Face up to it. All your pretty notions are going astray and you have little left to use against me except I'm no gentleman and you're wrong there too. Because I'm from as fine a flock of sheep that's ever grazed in Ireland. But I had the luck to be the odd ...
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Forget Frank Yerby's novel and take this fine movie on its own terms and you'll find Rex Harrison -- a great actor from my father's era -- as Fox; an orphan boy from Ireland who makes his own fortune in America in the 1810's. Winning a plantation in a lucky game of cards, from a sore loser who also forfeits his life, Fox sets out to establish a new Harrow, one with a benevolent attitude to the slave workers, and to pursue and marry Maureen O'Hara --- where the trouble begins.
The story will involve the Panic of 1821 and other matters which make for a great story whose description ought to end right here.
In the South (as well as in most northern states; particularly New York and New Jersey) they had slaves working on plantations and elsewhere in the 1810-1821 era. Slavery has set current day Hollywood into a tizzy and state of confusion, thus films of historic accuracy made by a pre- Political Correctness film industry are not only misjudged but are under suppression. Thus Foxes of Harrow and virtually any other film portraying slaves (except revisionist history like Steven Spielberg's foolish and unsuccessful Amisted) are no longer available for public view. Foxes of Harrow has never been released in video.
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