Another Part of the Forest
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Another Part of the Forest is a shocking drama starring Fredic March as the patriarch of a highly troubled family. In the small town of Bowden, Alabama, no household is as vicious as the Hubbards, led by patriarch Marcus (March), a tyrannical Civil War profiteer. Appalled by her children’s ruthlessness and greed, their mother Lavinia (Florence Eldridge), watches helplessly as Ben (Edmund O’Brien), Oscar (Dan Duryea) and Regina (Ann Blyth) scheme to get hold of their father’s fortune, each by their own vile means. The intrigue and cruelty soon comes to a head, when Marcus’ darkest secret is revealed, a betrayal that could destroy him if Bowden learns of his sin.
When sold by Amazon.com, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
"Another Part of the Forest" is the prequel of the movie "The Little Foxes". The film's main plot line is how the Hubbard family evolved into the greedy, cheating and totally immoral characters who two decades later emerged in "The Little Foxes" . You see Birdie as a young woman desperately needing money. She is sent by her family hoping she can lease the plantation to keep her impoverished family somewhat afloat. She eventually marries Oscar (Dan Duryea) in TLF much to her demise. There is no appearance of Regina's husband Horace even though he is mentioned. The relationship between Marcus Hubbard, the father and his daughter Regina is creepy. She is his favorite child and even though it is never seen, it seems Marcus has an incestuous urge toward his only daughter.
Regina's design to live in Chicago as we learn in "The Little Foxes" may stem from the seed planted from being in love with Birdie's cousin, John Langtree. It is he who goes there and Regina would love to go with him but her father stands in the way of Regina's desire to escape her family.
Ben Hubbard outwits his father as immorally as Marcus would cheat anyone including his own family. The apples definitely do not fall far from the Marcus tree. As in "The Little Foxes", Ben still will do anything to becoming richer even at the expense of his own sister. Ben cuts Regina out of their enormous business dealing as Horace refuses investing in such an enterprise.
The one character who has too much moral fiber in her being is the mother, Lavinia. She deludes herself about her husband donating one penny toward a very needed hospital. He couldn't care less that it is her birthday in the opening sequence with al the family at the table. It is clear she herself wonders why all her children take after their father's character and not one of them has an inkling of her own commendable but deluded morality. The only loving connection she has is with the black servants of the home.
Eventually, her vision clears entirely of any hope toward her malicious husband and her greedy, amoral children. She cuts all tithes and leaves them all to go toward her other world in "another part of the forest". What actually becomes of her, no one seems to know and/or care.
I watched it but somehow it lacks the bite so well presented in "The Little Foxes". Lavinia is a difficult character to connect to. Marcus undermines and beats her down so severely, it is hard to relate what she ever saw in him. By the time she shows her total disgust toward all of them, it almost is an anti-climax. The acting is fine but bringing in Oscar's first love interest borders on the mundane. It is more realistic to see Regina's first love and how her father thwarts any possibility of a future with him. I wonder why Horace is not introduced as Birdie is as it would complete the cycle of all characters whom we see decades later.
I admit to getting bored while watching the film. I can't put my finger exactly on why the film left me feeling this way. I did buy it but I might give it away very easily to someone who might appreciate this prequel more than I.