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The Foxes Of Harrow (1947)
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The 1947 Twentieth Century Fox film "The Foxes Of Harrow", shows a "twenty dollar gold piece",
a small copper coin, and silver coins on a card table.
 
Rex Harrison stars as Stephen Fox who, in 1827, arrives in Louisiana almost broke, wins a fortune
and a plantation at cards, marries a beautiful woman (Maureen O'Hara), then his problems begin.
The film was based on the popular Frank Yerby novel of the same title.
 
Early in the film Stephen pays a small boat captain an expensive fare,
including a "twenty dollar gold piece" (in 1827) and a small copper coin.
Later he plays cards with a drunken plantation owner and silver dollar sized coins are shown.
Foxes Of Harrow
1. Title
 
Stephen is the illegitimate offspring of a wealthy Irish family.
He is handed over to be adopted by a Sean Fox and his wife.
Sean is to receive "twenty golden sovereigns" per year for this service.
 
The child's mother gives Mrs. Fox a large pearl in a setting to be given to the son when he is an adult,
along with details of his real ancestry.
 
In 1827 Stephen arrives in Louisiana almost broke, and is forced to ride on a small boat.
The boat's captain threatens to have his crew kill Stephen unless he hands over money.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
2. Stephen Fox hands over money
 
Stephen hands over "a twenty dollar gold piece, ten, these two shillings".
The captain tells him to "keep your shillings".
The coin which then appears is apparently the "ten".
 
Foxes Of Harrow
3. Coin closeup
 
The coin prop appears to be a worn British penny or a copy of one.
 
Stephen settles near New Orleans, pawns the pearl, and attends uninvited a masked ball.
There he meets Odalie D'Arceneaux, the daughter of a wealthy local family.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
4. Stephen meets Odalie
 
Stephen enters a Twenty-One (Blackjack) card game and soon he and a drunken plantation owner
are the only ones left in the game.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
5. Stephen gambles for high stakes
 
Soon Stephen has a pile of money, first in the shape of silver dollars, and later in paper.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
6. Cards and coins
 
Some silver-dollar sized prop coins or tokens are shown, along with a winning
Twenty-One (Blackjack) hand.
 
The plantation owner finally wagers and loses his plantation, then accuses Stephen of cheating,
resulting in a duel in which Stephen kills the owner.
 
Some time later, Stephen names his plantation "Harrow" and builds a mansion.
He then marries Odalie.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
7. Odalie marries Stephen
 
Stephen gets drunk on the wedding night and Odalie refuses to see him.
He breaks down her bedroom door and assaults her, resulting in a pregnancy.
 
The plantation has many black slaves working there and some of the blacks practice Voodoo.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
8. Voodoo queen
 
Stephen finds that Odalie has been consulting a Voodoo master about her pregnancy.
They have a child who is later killed in an accident.
Stephen has taken a mistress, Desiree.
 
Stephen has invested in the local New Orleans stock market, and there is a panic.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
9. Stock market panic
 
Many investors have lost their money.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
10. Stephen brings a friend (Desiree) to the stock market
 
Some market members object to Stephen's friend but his money allows her to stay.
 
When the news of Stephen's financial losses reaches Odalie, she and Desiree join to
save the plantation by selling furnishings and objects of art.
 
Odalie and Stephen have treated their black workers well and are able to get the blacks to
harvest the sugar cane.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
11. Harvesting the sugar cane
 
With the sale of the sugar, the plantation is saved, and Stephen and Odalie decide to
have a normal marriage.
 
Foxes Of Harrow
12. Stephen and Odalie begin a new life
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
Rex Harrison as Stephen Fox
Maureen O'Hara as Odalie D'Arceneaux
Patricia Medina as Desiree
 
Director: John M. Stahl
Writers: Wanda Tuchock, Frank Yerby (novel)
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