July 6 – Perfect Code Film Feature #6
Today’s highlighted film is The Little Foxes from 1941. This is the story of a ruthless Southern matriarch who will stop at nothing to satisfy the greed of herself and her two brothers. Her sweet-natured daughter will face the horrible fate of marrying her despicable cousin and being controlled like her estranged invalid father and sweet but tormented aunt unless she escapes her mother’s power. This film stars Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, and Teresa Wright. It was directed by William Wyler, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. This is a perfect Code film because it dramatically shows the horrible consequences of greed and selfishness, especially for honest bystanders who are afraid to fight evil, and addresses very dark subjects with excellent tact. I like this movie because of its phenomenal acting, its riveting story, and the great moral it teaches. My favorite thing about it is the brilliant way the evil-doers are punished by each other and themselves rather than by outside forces, truly showing that, even if they aren’t struck by a bolt of lightning, all nefarious people receive comeuppance eventually.
As a special high-point of our month-long celebration in July, we are hosting a blogathon on the first weekend in July in honor of the formation of the PCA and the twenty wonderful years of decent cinema which followed during Joseph Breen’s tenure. It will be called The Favorite Code Film Blogathon. On July 5-7, participants will choose their single favorite Code films and write about why these movies from the era of film decency were so good. Please join!
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