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So Evil My Love (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 6 August 1948 (USA)
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 »


Lewis Allen


Ronald Millar (screenplay), Joseph Shearing (novel) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Mark Bellis
Ann Todd ... Olivia Harwood
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Susan Courtney
Leo G. Carroll ... Jarvis
Raymond Huntley ... Henry Courtney
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Edgar Bellamy
Martita Hunt ... Mrs. Courtney
Moira Lister ... Kitty Feathers
Roderick Lovell Roderick Lovell ... Sir John Curle
Muriel Aked ... Miss Shoebridge
Finlay Currie ... Dr. Krylie
Maureen Delaney ... Curtis
Ivor Barnard ... Mr. Watson
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Smathers
Hugh Griffith ... Coroner


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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"I've Never Known Real Love Before! Now Nothing Will Take You From Me...NOTHING!"


Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


This is the first Paramount picture produced in the UK after World War II. See more »


When Mark is painting Olivia's portrait, her necklace beads are not all twisted together; there are two strands that are hanging separately. When they move away from the portrait, the necklace strings are all uniformly twisted together with no strands hanging loose. See more »


Mark Bellis: Scruples again?
Olivia Harwood: No. I'm beyond that now.
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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 »


Cherry Ripe
One arrangement by William Alwyn
Another arrangement by Victor Young
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Hard to tell who the title refers to ...
16 April 2011 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... since it could refer to both or either main characters Olivia Harwood (Ann Todd) and Mark Bellis (Ray Milland). The two outwardly seem as different as possible. They meet on a ship voyage from Jamaica to Britain when Olivia nurses Mark through a bout of malaria. She is penniless other than for a small property she owns in London and has been recently widowed. Her late husband, a missionary, died of malaria himself after the two had served in Jamaica for several years. Mark is a con man on the run, and out of funds he reluctantly has headed back to London - where he is also wanted by the law - to find those funds and get out of British controlled territory altogether.

At first Mark sees Olivia as just another mark for his cons and uses her attraction to him as a means of control. His actual girlfriend is a rather talkative floozy - Kitty - that he can only take in small doses. He does seem to prefer the quiet demeanor of Olivia, at least when he's got his thinking - or should I say plotting - cap on. However, Olivia begins to really enjoy the art of the con as taught to her by Mark and becomes an apt and inventive pupil. Their joint mark - an old school girl friend of Olivia's, the foolishly trusting Susan, played by Geraldine Fitzgerald, who is married to an adviser to the Queen. Olivia seems somewhat bitter that her life has turned out so impoverished when she was the brightest girl at school while the dim-witted Susan has the world at her feet through the accident of marriage. She uses this perceived inequitable outcome as justification for her actions.

Mark's feelings then become somewhat confused. He begins to have actual feelings for Olivia as he begins to realize that she is as cunning and lethal as he - she just needed a push to get her to have the courage of her lack of convictions.

This one has many interesting twists and turns, however do remember that this is a British production and is therefore probably going to seem somewhat understated for American fans of 40's noir. If you can understand that I think you'll like this one a great deal. I know I did.

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Release Date:

6 August 1948 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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