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Foxfire (1955)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 23 August 1955 (USA)
In Arizona, during the 1950s, privileged white girl Amanda Lawrence marries half-Apache mining engineer Jonathan Dartland who dreams of finding gold in an old abandoned Apache mine.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Anya Seton (based on novel by), Ketti Frings (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Amanda Lawrence
Jeff Chandler ... Jonathan Dartland
Dan Duryea ... Hugh Slater
Mara Corday ... Maria - Hugh's Nurse
Barton MacLane ... Jim Mablett
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Lawrence
Celia Lovsky ... Princess Saba
Eddy Waller ... Old Larky (as Eddy C. Waller)
Robert F. Simon ... Ernest Tyson
Charlotte Wynters ... Mrs. Mablett
Robert Bice ... Walt Whitman
Arthur Space ... Foley
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Storyline

Amanda Dartland accompanies her half-Apache husband Jonathan to a mining community where he will supervise the excavation of an almost mythical Apache treasure. His jealous rages and macho attitude cause her much misery, while the excavation project is threatened by prejudice and fear. Amanda tries to bridge the cultural gap, and Jonathan must do the same, or he will lose her. Mesmerizing brief performance by Celia Lovsky as Princess Saba. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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Living every impassioned page of Anya Seton's great best seller! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Foxfire See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingman, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Mara Corday told writer Tom Weaver that director Pevney had originally cast Allison Hayes in her role, but that Universal-International insisted that Corday be given the role. Hayes left the studio soon after. See more »

Goofs

Princess Saba and some of the other Native American characters have overly done dark makeup applied, which was a norm in 1950s Hollywood with the casting non-Native American actors. See more »

Quotes

Saba: [Indicating, to a tour group, a gathering of young Apache boys on the Reservation] A child here has little contact with his father who, in the old days, was usually away hunting. Today, the father is still much away. He works on the Reservation cattle range. As you see, the little boys play, and have few responsibilities. But there comes a day when they are twelve. Here is a little one, ready to leave his mother and go with the men. From now on, he will work and hunt with the men. Eat and live ...
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Soundtracks

Foxfire
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jeff Chandler
sung by Jeff Chandler (uncredited)
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A little gem
18 May 2006 | by d-goodman3See all my reviews

I have just seen this film for the first time on TV. I thought it was a little gem of a film, with excellent roles filled by Jeff Chandler and Jane Russell. The authentic settings in Arizona also helped to make this an enjoyable and convincing film.

I am a particular fan of films made in the 1950's and 1960's which I regard as the golden years, when films contained real 'stars' and this one certainly fits the bill for me. I am just surprised that I have not come across this film before. I can recommend it as an ideal film to watch on a wet afternoon. Pity it is not available on DVD. The storyline also deals sensitively with racial prejudices arising from relationships between white people and the native Indians even in the modern times in which the story is set.


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