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another part of the forest
- kevin sellers
With the possible exception of Faulkner in his Snopes novels no one better understood the mindset of the post Civil War, small town, Southern merchant class than did Lillian Hellman in her two plays about the Hubbard family, "Little Foxes" and this prequel. Through Hellman's pitiless, nasty, often funny and monumentally unsentimental dialogue the viewer is sucked into a sump hole of avarice, cruelty, and abuse with incest and insanity lurking just under the surface. And if this prequel is, like most of its ilk, not quite up to the original, with no scene rising to the dramatic heights of Herbert Marshall's weak husband dying on the staircase as his wife, played by Bette Davis, looks on, it's still plenty good with, as in "Foxes," a stellar cast all delivering great performances. Hard to pick favorites among them so let's just say that I was most struck with Frederick March as the patriarch who tries to balance his crass materialism with cultural and musical attainments, Edmund O'Brien as the "penny grubbing trickster" older son (only time I can recall this usually hammy actor delivering a restrained performance) Ann Blythe who plays the daughter and in my opinion more than holds her own with Davis, who played her character in "Foxes" as an older woman, and an actress I've not seen until now, Dona Drake, who plays a floozie who administers the sharpest rebuke to March. So even though it's more of a theatrical experience than a cinematic one with director Michael Gordon not having the pacing skills of William Weyler in "Foxes,"it's well worth watching. Give it a B plus.
- el debbo
Nothing short of a stellar cast makes this Hellman story glow. You'd have to be a genius to outwit anyone in this family...they can connive and back-stab faster than anything! I'm a big fan of Frederic March and this is one of his best roles. He certainly looks the part of the Southern patriarch...costumes and production values are excellent.Dan Duryea is perfect as the whining dissolute son, with Edmond O'Brien (in one of HIS best roles) perfect as his razor-sharp brother. I looked at Miss Bagtry and wondered where I had seen her: Betsy Blair, who also starred in "Marty". I remembered John Dall from "Gun Crazy" and he is very good here. It's a terrific, practically unknown hidden gem and I hope to get it on DVD. 5 glittering stars.
another part of the forest
I first saw this movie many years ago, and I thought it was wonderful. I have been waiting for years to see it again, but have never seen it in your schedule. I've even searched your database to try to purchase it, but again no luck. Please have mercy on your viewers and show it again.
PLEASE RELEASE THIS MOVIE OR SHOW IT ON TCM!!!!
I really want to see the sequel to The Little Foxes! Can you show it on TCM or release it on DVD or as a double feature with the The Little Foxes?
Another Part of the Forest (1948)
- James Higgins
It's a solid drama that relies very heavily on the cast. It's a film that must have fine performances to work, and it works. Fredric March heads a fine cast, Dan Duryea and Florence Eldridge stand out in the supporting cast. It also stars Ann Blyth, Edmond O'Brien, John Dall, Dona Drake, Betsy Blair, Whit Bissell and Don Beddoe. Good direction from Michael Gordon. It's a bit talky at times, but this prequel to The Little Foxes always held my interest. Lavish art direction and costume design. Worth watching for the cast alone.
Another Part of the Forest
I would like to see this out on a box set with The little Foxes. I have seen this movie a long time ago and enjoyed it very much