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So Evil My Love (1948)

Olivia Harwood, missionary's widow, meets charming Mark Bellis, artist and rogue, on the ship taking them both back to 1890s London. When Olivia opens a lodging house Mark becomes her ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Olivia Harwood
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Susan Courtney
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Jarvis
Raymond Huntley ...
Henry Courtney
Raymond Lovell ...
Edgar Bellamy
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Mrs. Courtney
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Kitty Feathers
Roderick Lovell ...
Sir John Curle
Muriel Aked ...
Miss Shoebridge
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Dr. Krylie
Maureen Delaney ...
Curtis
Ivor Barnard ...
Mr. Watson
Ernest Jay ...
Smathers
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Olivia Harwood, missionary's widow, meets charming Mark Bellis, artist and rogue, on the ship taking them both back to 1890s London. When Olivia opens a lodging house Mark becomes her lodger, then her lover. Olivia falls so completely under amoral Mark's spell that he's able to overcome her scruples, and soon she's his willing tool in an ambitious scheme of theft and blackmail...maybe too ambitious. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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6 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Agora... Que Deus Me Castigue  »

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 13, 1949 with Ray Milland reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Feathers: Oh, Mark! You say things so prettily. But I never quite know what's going on inside your head.
Mark Bellis: One day I'll tell you. You may not like it.
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Crazy Credits

"This is a true story... one of the strangest chapters in the annals of crime. Its characters lived more than fifty years ago... the leading figures in a passionate game of love and murder. It began on a sailing vessel homeward bound from the West Indies for Liverpool..." See more »

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The British Grenadiers
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Arranged by Victor Young
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4 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joseph Shearing (a pseudonym) was a woman novelist specializing in tales based on actual murder cases. Her novel AIRING IN A CLOSED CARRIAGE is based on the murder of James Maybrick, presumably by his wife Florence in 1889. SO EVIL MY LOVE is based on an earlier poisoning case, the death (in 1876) of Charles Delauney Turner Bravo, a wealthy barrister, at his home "The Priory" in Balham, England. It is a murder that was never really settled. Although doubts remain as to James Maybrick being a victim of murder or accident, Florence was convicted after a controversial trial, and then got her sentence reduced. In the Bravo case, suspicion fell on his wife, on the wife's close friend, and on an elderly doctor who had an earlier affair with the wife. Nothing was really determined. Ms Shearing has opted for the close friend (in real life her name was Jane Cox)to be the killer, although driven to it here by her devotion to a cad (not historically true). The conclusion of the film, where Ann Todd discovers how Ray Milland used her and turns on him in a closed Hansom Cab seems based on a 1904 New York City murder, the Nan Patterson-Ceasar Young case.


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