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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 »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De dorst naar liefde 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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According to Leonard Maltin, Jeff Chandler sings the title song for which he also wrote the lyrics. 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
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Love this movie
11 July 2005 | by horsegogglesSee all my reviews

I think it's the sensational color and the locations that lure me to this film. The time period fits well into it also. The deeply saturated blue sky and the arid desert draw me in like a magnet. In 1955 I was ten years old, and numerous rail trips through the west, with stops in Tucumcari, New Mexico, are brought to mind with films like this one. I recently visited Oatman, Arizona, where much if not all of this film was shot, only because of the film. Of course as would be expected, I found nothing in Oatman identifiable with the film after all these years, except the deep blue sky and the arid desert. Jeff Chandler was always a favorite, and his role as a strong silent mining engineer of American Indian heritage, plays well with Jane Russell's role as a rich bored adventurous young woman, almost a forerunner of "Green Acres" without the laughs. All of these sensory elements entice my 10 year old's psyche to the surface. The film offers great release for me. In 1955 one of the railroads used a young Indian boy's image as a logo, and General Motors Pontiac division used a similar theme. I was fascinated by Indian lore at the time, and the mystery and remembrance of it all comes into relative focus with this film. Not a film for everyone, but as far as I am concerned, they made this one for me.


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