Fox Fire vintage film poster


What is a Western? Film Series: Foxfire (1955)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2024, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry Theater

Free for Autry Members | Includes Museum Admission
Reservations Recommended


About the Event

Screened in 35mm! 

Jane Russell, Jeff Chandler and the Arizona desert light up the screen in glorious Technicolor in Foxfire, a melodramatic tale of interracial marriage and cultural discrimination in a small mining town. Based on a novel by Anya Seton, and adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Ketti Frings, the film is guilty of “redface” casting of non-Native actors, but still presents an interesting look at Native American race relations, interracial marriage and miscarriage, which were uncommon cinematic themes in 1955. 

Introduced by Christina Rice, author of Mean...Moody...Magnificent!: Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend. Rice will sign copies of her book following the screening.

Directed by Joseph Pevey | Starring Jane Russell, Jeff Chandler and Dan Duryea


The What is a Western? Film Series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explain its significance in the genre. 

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
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