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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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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 »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Amanda Lawrence (Jane Russell) drives a 1954 Ford Ranch Wagon Station Wagon; Ernest Tyson (Robert F. Simon) drives a 1954 Lincoln hardtop coupe. 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

Amanda Lawrence: Oh, you loan yourself to me to make love, but... But you didn't really need me. You're afraid to be in love my way.
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Soundtracks

Foxfire
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jeff Chandler
sung by Jeff Chandler (uncredited)
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Lots Of Chemistry Between Russell And Chandler. I Give Them Five Months
1 February 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Rich Eastern socialite Jane Russell is out West, where she meets half-Apache mining engineer Jeff Chandler. They fall into lust, which in this 1950s Universal drama means they get married quick - Chandler only being half-Indian is why this is acceptable, far more so than if he had been playing a Jew, which he was. Miss Russell is happy to live in a bug-infested shack, but she doesn't take to being a bedtime hobby for her husband.

There's a bit of sociology and psychology that gives this movie some depth, but under the direction of Joseph Pevney it turns into another soaper about "love on my terms." Miss Russell seems the nobler for having to chase cockroaches down the sink, but Chandler's obsession is getting an old gold mine up and profitable on the reservation, creating job and wealth for his mother's people. That seems more useful to me; one contemptuous character remarks he has turned down good jobs back East in his futile-seeming quest.

William H. Daniels gets some gorgeous photography out of the beautiful leads and land around Kingman, Arizona. The cast is padded with Dan Duryea in a subplot that does nothing, Mara Corday as the woman who loves him, and the always worthwhile Barton MacLane.

The pretty pictures will keep you interested, but for me the ending, in which Miss Russell returns to Chandler, seems more a matter of what the audience expects than anything else. They appear to have both realized what's wrong with their relationship, but knowing it and doing something about it are two very different things.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kingman, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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