Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio | 2005

Drama, Adaptation
Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.

Cast

... Evelyn Ryan

Actor

... Leo "Kelly" Ryan

Actor

... Dortha Schaefer

Actor

... Freddy Canon

Actor

... Bruce Ryan at 16 yrs

Actor

... Tuff Ryan at 13, 16 & 18 yrs

Actor

... Ray the Milkman

Actor

... Father McCague

Actor

... Mrs Bidlack

Actor

... Rog Ryan (age 13)

Actor

Company

ImageMovers

Production Company

Production Company

Synopsis

Evelyn Ryan was a devoted mother and housewife who used her self-described "knack for words" to keep her struggling family afloat. In the 1950s and '60s, housewives across the country used their wits to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes in jingle contests staged by corporations to promote their products. But of all the "jingle-belles" vying for supremacy, none out-rhymed Evelyn Ryan, whose creative resources usually corresponded directly to her family's needs--and with ten kids and an alcoholic husband, those needs were numerous and unending. Applying her remarkable ingenuity and an uncommon wit, Evelyn found the way to keep her family together, despite the enormous odds stacked against them.

SIMILAR ARTICLES