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The Root of All Evil (1947)

A girl from an impoverished family is jilted by her rich fiance, whose father doesn't approve. She decides to take revenge against them, and determines to let nothing or no one stop her from getting to the top.

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Brock Williams

Writers:

J.S. Fletcher (novel), Brock Williams (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Jeckie
Michael Rennie ... Charles Mortimer
John McCallum ... Bartle (as John McCullum)
Brefni O'Rorke ... Farnish
Moore Marriott ... Scholes
Hazel Court ... Rushie
Arthur Young Arthur Young ... Grice
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Perkins
Hubert Gregg ... Albert
Stewart Rome ... Sir George
George Carney ... Bowser
Pat Hicks Pat Hicks ... Lucy
Diana Decker Diana Decker ... Pam
George Merritt ... Landlord
Rory MacDermot Rory MacDermot ... Overthwaite
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Storyline

A girl from an impoverished family is jilted by her rich fiance, whose father doesn't approve. She decides to take revenge against them, and determines to let nothing or no one stop her from getting to the top.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1949 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Wurzel allen Übels See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono (BAF)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial USA telecast in Los Angeles Monday 6 March 1950 on KECA (Channel 7); since it had never previously been shown theatrically in this country, this presentation also marked its USA premiere; it first aired in New York City Saturday 16 September 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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George Grice: Keeping you and your family out of the workhouse for another few months isn't my idea of a proposition. I don't hold with failures. They're bad luck. The world's full of 'em. They're like weeds - they're better off out of the way.
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A Morality Tale from Gainsborough Films
10 July 2007 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

So often misquoted as "money is the root of all evil", the actual quote is biblical(Timothy 6:10 King James version... "for the love of money is the root of all evil which while some coveted after, they have erred from faith and pierced themselves through many sorrows".

The other reviewer has provided a spoiler and described the plot in detail so I won't dwell on that.They obviously enjoyed the film as did I but the plot does have this subliminal biblical theme mentioned above and a rather old fashioned Mills and Boon feel to it but this is the charm of Gainsborough Films.In the role of Jeckie Furnish, Phyllis Calvert gives a polished performance and one can sympathise with her on why she went down the wrong spiritual road.Her ineffective father Brefni Rourke at least is there to advise his daughter on morals.The younger daughter does not need her father's pastoral care so much as she knows what she wants (love and marriage and she succeeds at both).It is Jeckie's childhood friend Joe (John McCallum) who she constantly overlooks in matters of affection as she has subconsciously always taken him for granted.Moral:The truth is often right in your back yard.


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