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The Story of Esther Costello (1957)

 |  Drama  |  6 November 1957 (USA)
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Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in Ireland, is talked into helping to ... See full summary »

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Margaret Landi
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Carlo Landi
Heather Sears ...
Esther Costello
Lee Patterson ...
Harry Grant
Ron Randell ...
Frank Wenzel
Fay Compton ...
Mother Superior
John Loder ...
Paul Marchant
Denis O'Dea ...
Father Devlin
Sidney James ...
Ryan
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Matron in Art Gallery
Robert Ayres ...
Mr. Wilson
Maureen Delaney ...
Jennie Costello
Harry Hutchinson ...
Irish publican
Tony Quinn ...
Irish pub customer
Janina Faye ...
Esther Costello, as a child
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Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in Ireland, is talked into helping to educate and possibly heal Esther. Margaret grows to love Esther as a daughter, but finds Esther's innocence threatened by sleazy promoters and her own sleazy ex-husband. Radiant performance by Heather Sears. Based on a book that nearly had Helen Keller's co-workers suing for libel due to perceived parallels between Carlo Landi and the husband of Annie Sullivan. Written by <mailcall@intersource.com>

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Drama without equal that smashes its way into a woman's love-starved heart!

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6 November 1957 (USA)  »

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The Golden Virgin  »

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Trivia

Bonita Granville desperately wanted the part of Esther, but the studio was looking for an unknown, so the part went to Sears. See more »

Goofs

When the cottage explodes in the beginning of the movie, the right wall falls revealing the plywood set construction underneath. The stone walls are just paper covering over wood. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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Lead Kindly Light
Words by Newman
Music by Dyke
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A very powerful film about touchy subjects.
20 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leonard Maltin said that the movie was often "unintentionally funny." Sure, I find rape hilarious. I meant that in a sarcastic way, mind you. I don't know why Mr. Maltin found this film funny, because it isn't. It is about a blind, deaf, and dumb girl named Esther and the way she adapts to society with the aid of a wealthy socialite named Margaret Landi. Joan Crawford and Heather Sears are incredible in their respective roles of Margaret and Esther. Miss Crawford did an amazing job, very unlike anything else she did. I highly recommend this film.


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