They Knew Mr. Knight (March 4, 1946)

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They Knew Mr. Knight
 

Released on March 4, 1946: Wealthy Mr. Knight inspires a factory worker to become wealthy, but when he makes a bad decision and winds up in prison, the factory worker must decide whether to start building wealth again or accept poverty and defeat.

Produced by Norman Walker

Directed by Norman Walker

The Actors: Mervyn Johns (Tom Blake), Nora Swinburne (Celia Blake), Joyce Howard (Freda Blake), Joan Greenwood (Ruth Blake), Peter Hammond (Douglas Blake), Marie Ault (Grandma Blake), Frederick Cooper (Edward Blake), Grace Arnold (Isabel Blake), Alfred Drayton (Mr. Lawrence Knight), Olive Sloane (Mrs. Maude Knight), Joan Maude (Carrie Porritt), Kenneth Kove (Coggie Selby), Frederick Burtwell (Mr. Berry), Winifred Oughton (Mrs. Greene), Tarva Penna (Mr. Greene), Patric Curwen (Mr. Porter), Muriel Aked (Lady Gilling), Anthony Holles (station master), Gordon Begg (Sims), Ian Fleming (Higgs), Sheila Raynor (Agnes), Pat Stevens (Miss Berry), Doyley John (Bobby Hewett), Alan Snart (choir boy)

 

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Poverty vs. Prosperity

"Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money; for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with." – Wallace D. Wattles, from The Science of Getting Rich, published in 1910. So begins a book written over a hundred years ago that has explained the simple path to wealth . . . . Yes, it is simple . . . . Not easy, mind you . . . . But not rocket science either. The difficult part is in doing what you fear . . . . Doing things that you've never done before . . . . An old quote goes something like, "If you want things you never had before, you must do things you have never done before." That is the single most fearsome barrier that keeps most men in poverty . . . . The Fear of doing things that you have never done before . . . The Fear of Failure prevents many people from doing the things that need to be done to achieve great success.

This story is terribly unique in the history of storytelling about the wealthy. I can point out many, many movie stories featuring wealthy people who are evil, and very poor people who are virtuous. The truth is that there are indeed wealthy skunks . . . . but there are also very honorable folk with plenty of wealth . . . . And all folk burdened with poverty are not virtuous . . . . Indeed the character of a person's soul is not tied directly to their wealth or lack thereof. This is the story of the Blake family, and you will see in every family member different character traits that you will recognize even today in your friends and family. Tom Blake, played by Mervyn Johns, is going to evolve from a simple working man in fear of losing his job into the owner of his factory, taking his family from a life of want to a life of wealth. Like in most real-life success stories the path is not straight up or easy . . . . Indeed Tom Blake will not only drink the heady wine of success, but will also taste massive failure . . . . Failure is the little recognized component of every great success . . . . Thomas Edison failed to produce a light bulb over 10,000 times before succeeding . . . . Henry Ford's engineers failed to create an 8 cylinder engine after two years of effort and many failed attempts before discovering the methods still used today. Yes, after a roller coaster ride to success Tom Blake will fail miserably, but the last words of the movie should inspire us all to not only face failure but to use it as the springboard for even greater things. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alfred Drayton
Alfred Drayton
Doyley John
Doyley John
Frederick Cooper
Frederick Cooper
Frederick Cooper and Joan Maude
Frederick Cooper and Joan Maude
Frederick Cooper
Frederick Cooper
Gordon Begg
Gordon Begg
Grace Arnold
Grace Arnold
Joan Greenwood and Joyce Howard
Joan Greenwood and Joyce Howard
Joan Greenwood and Marie Ault
Joan Greenwood and Marie Ault
Joan Greenwood and Nora Swinburne
Joan Greenwood and Nora Swinburne
Joan Maude
Joan Maude
Joyce Howard
Joyce Howard
Joyce Howard and Olive Sloane
Joyce Howard and Olive Sloane
Joyce Howard
Joyce Howard
Joyce Howard and Alfred Drayton
Joyce Howard and Alfred Drayton
Joyce Howard
Joyce Howard
Kenneth Kove and Joyce Howard
Kenneth Kove and Joyce Howard
Marie Ault
Marie Ault
Marie Ault
Marie Ault
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns and Alfred Drayton
Mervyn Johns and Alfred Drayton
Mervyn Johns and Marie Ault
Mervyn Johns and Marie Ault
Mervyn Johns and Muriel Aked
Mervyn Johns and Muriel Aked
Mervyn Johns and Nora Swinburne
Mervyn Johns and Nora Swinburne
Mervyn Johns and Nora Swinburne
Mervyn Johns and Nora Swinburne
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
Nora Swinburne and Joyce Howard
Nora Swinburne and Joyce Howard
Nora Swinburne
Nora Swinburne
Nora Swinburne
Nora Swinburne
Nora Swinburne
Nora Swinburne
Olive Sloane and Alfred Drayton
Olive Sloane and Alfred Drayton
Olive Sloane and Grace Arnold
Olive Sloane and Grace Arnold
Olive Sloane and Joyce Howard
Olive Sloane and Joyce Howard
Olive Sloane, Nora Swinburne and Joyce Howard
Olive Sloane, Nora Swinburne and Joyce Howard
Peter Hammond and Joan Greenwood
Peter Hammond and Joan Greenwood
Peter Hammond
Al Ritz
Sheila Raynor
Sheila Raynor