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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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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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Die Wurzel allen Übels  »

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This film received its initial telecast in the New York City area Saturday 16 September 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Jeckie Farnish: I suppose everyone's a fool once in their life - after all you've got to trust something or somebody some time. Then the time comes when you find you've been living in a world all of your own. The person you thought was with you was never really there at all. I've just been fooling myself. I know where I am now Dad. All my life it's been heart over head with me in everything. Well, I'm going to turn a somersault. I'm going to forget my heart. I'm just going to use my head.
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A Morality Tale from Gainsborough Films
10 July 2007 | by See 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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