The Root of all Evil (1947)

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Jeckie Farnish, daughter of a bankrupt farmer, is jilted by her fiancé and vows to ruin his father's business by setting up a rival grocery shop. She makes a great success of it and the grocer dies of a heart attack. Jeckie buys a piece of land on the advice of a mining engineer and they strike oil, building a refinery. She falls in love with the engineer but when she finds that he is already married she tells him to leave and denies him his share of the profits. Following a fire which destroys the refinery, Jeckie realises that she loves Joe Bartle, her childhood friend.

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