The Root of All Evil (February 5, 1947)

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Phyllis Calvert
 

Released on February 5, 1947: A young girl tossed out of house and home and forbidden to marry the man she loves becomes a wealthy businesswoman who can crush every man she meets . . . Except for Joe.

Produced by Harold Huth

Directed by Brock Williams

The Actors: Phyllis Calvert (Jeckie Farnish), Michael Rennie (Charles Mortimer), John McCallum (Joe Bartle), Brefni O'Rorke (Dad James Farnish), Moore Marriott (Scholes), Hazel Court (Rushie Farnish), Arthur Young (George Grice), Reginald Purdell (Perkins), Hubert Gregg (Albert Grice), Stewart Rome (Sir George), George Carney (Bowser), Pat Hicks (Lucy), George Carney (Bowser), Pat Hicks (Lucy), George Merritt (landlord), Rory MacDermot (Overthwaite), Maureen Moore (Mrs. Scholes), Bryan Herbert (Stubley), Ellis Irving (auctioneer), Diana Decker (Pam), Michael Medwin (unknown)

 

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A Woman Scorned . . .

Jeckie Farnish, played by Phyllis Calvert, is the sweetest young girl one would ever want to meet, and she is in love. The boy she loves is the son of the town grocer, a wealthy man who got to the top by crushing his competition across the street. The only problem with Jeckie is that she is the daughter of a man that is not a good farmer, and when the court puts the farm, home, and even the pet dog up for auction she goes to her beloved's father asking for a loan with reasonable interest. The grocer, father of the man who wants to marry her, told her that failures like her father and his family should not be helped, but gotten out of the way and forgotten, like a bad weed. Her hopes destroyed, she watches as the court auctioneer sells off everything that the family owns except the clothes on her back. The wheels of thought are churning in her head, and she decides that she will forevermore ignore her heart and use her head. Soon she is able to open the shuttered grocery store across from the man who scorned her and refused to allow his son to marry her. This leads to that and she puts the old fellow out of business and becomes the wealthiest lady in the town. Ahh . . . and this is only the beginning . . . charismatic Michael Rennie, playing the part of city oil engineer Charles Mortimer, breezes into the small English town and searches for the lady dragon that he has learned has all the money in town. When he meets her there is immediate chemistry between them and when he tells her that there is oil under the land of a local farmer and he needs a money-partner to get at it, she joins him in the venture, and soon oil is pumping from the land and she has even more money that most folk could even imagine. But here is the rub . . . When Jeckie was young and in love with the grocer's son, she lost the man, but got the money that enabled her to never need a man again. Now she has fallen in love with Mortimer, but he finally tells her that he is married to a woman back in London . . . and he discovers that she has guaranteed that all the assets of their oil partnership are in her name and he must go home to his wife with nothing but the clothes on his back. Did I forget to tell you about Joe? Joe Bartle, played by John McCallum, is the young farm worker who has forever told Jeckie that he loves her and will always watch over her and protect her, but she never had a twinge of anything more than friendship for Joe. Now we have fabulously wealthy Jeckie, with no more mountains to conquer, and no more men to manipulate, and filled with the restlessness of a forceful woman without anyone to force. The question which must be answered is whether this girl will become a dragon-lady spinster who will hate all men till the day she dies alone in her mansion . . . or will love finally find its way back into her heart . . . or will her world be destroyed leaving her without money or man . . . or maybe something even worse? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Arthur Young and Bryan Herbert
Arthur Young and Bryan Herbert
Arthur Young, Hubert Gregg and Pat Hicks
Arthur Young, Hubert Gregg and Pat Hicks
Arthur Young and Phyllis Calvert
Arthur Young and Phyllis Calvert
Arthur Young and Phyllis Calvert
Arthur Young and Phyllis Calvert
Arthur Young and Phyllis Calvert
Arthur Young and Phyllis Calvert
Arthur Young
Arthur Young
Brefni O'Rorke
Brefni O'Rorke
Brefni O'Rorke
Brefni O'Rorke
Ellis Irving
Ellis Irving
Hubert Gregg, Pat Hicks and Arthur Young
Hubert Gregg, Pat Hicks and Arthur Young
Hubert Gregg and Phyllis Calvert
Hubert Gregg and Phyllis Calvert
Hubert Gregg and Phyllis Calvert
Hubert Gregg and Phyllis Calvert
John McCallum
John McCallum
John McCallum and Phyllis Calvert
John McCallum and Phyllis Calvert
John McCallum
John McCallum
John McCallum warns Michael Rennie
John McCallum warns Michael Rennie
John McCallum fights Michael Rennie
John McCallum fights Michael Rennie
John McCallum proposes to Phyllis Calvert
John McCallum proposes to Phyllis Calvert
John McCallum
John McCallum
Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie holds Phyllis Calvert
Michael Rennie holds Phyllis Calvert
Michael Rennie meets Diana Decker
Michael Rennie meets Diana Decker
Michael Rennie meets Phyllis Calvert
Michael Rennie meets Phyllis Calvert
Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie
Pat Hicks and Hubert Gregg
Pat Hicks and Hubert Gregg
Pat Hicks
Pat Hicks
Phyllis Calvert
Phyllis Calvert
Phyllis Calvert and Arthur Young
Phyllis Calvert and Arthur Young
Phyllis Calvert and Brefni O'Rorke
Phyllis Calvert and Brefni O'Rorke
Phyllis Calvert and Hazel Court
Phyllis Calvert and Hazel Court
Phyllis Calvert and Hazel Court
Phyllis Calvert and Hazel Court
Phyllis Calvert and John McCallum
Phyllis Calvert and John McCallum
Phyllis Calvert and John McCallum
Phyllis Calvert and John McCallum
Phyllis Calvert and Moore Marriott
Phyllis Calvert and Moore Marriott
Phyllis Calvert and Rory MacDermot
Phyllis Calvert and Rory MacDermot
Phyllis Calvert and Michael Rennie
Phyllis Calvert and Michael Rennie
Phyllis Calvert and Michael Rennie
Phyllis Calvert and Michael Rennie
Phyllis Calvert
Phyllis Calvert
Rory MacDermot and Phyllis Calvert
Rory MacDermot and Phyllis Calvert
Rory MacDermot
Rory MacDermot