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The Story of Esther Costello (1957)

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 ...
Lee Patterson ...
Harry Grant
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Frank Wenzel
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Mother Superior
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Paul Marchant
Denis O'Dea ...
Father Devlin
Sidney James ...
Ryan
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Matron in Art Gallery
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Mr. Wilson
Maureen Delaney ...
Jennie Costello
Harry Hutchinson ...
Irish publican
Tony Quinn ...
Irish pub customer
Janina Faye ...
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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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Cast members Joan Crawford, Bessie Love, Estelle Brody, and Fay Compton had all been stars in silent films. See more »

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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 »

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References Teenage Rebel (1956) See more »

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Lead Kindly Light
Words by John Henry Newman (as Newman)
Music by John B. Dykes (as Dyke)
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"Remember...pity isn't love!"
8 March 2013 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Crackpot script from Charles Kaufman, based on Nicholas Monsarrat's novel, involves a middle-aged socialite (Joan Crawford) who is introduced to an unfortunate Irish girl rendered blind, deaf, and mute by an explosion five years prior. Taking the tremulous child under her wing, the wealthy matron helps educate and makeover young Esther, resulting in a flurry of publicity and an international Good Will tour. Interesting, if unexciting, mix of bleeding-heart sympathies and the sort of emotional fireworks which skirt "Mildred Pierce" territory, the film nevertheless brings up some involving issues (such as young Esther's inadvertently becoming a cash cow for the exploitation market, as well as the lustful attraction Crawford's shady husband begins exhibiting for the budding young woman). Production values high, yet the movie fails to convince or satisfy. Crawford's breathy condescension is meant to substitute for an impassioned nature, but she doesn't bring any dimension to her role, doesn't give it any weight; as a result, one feels the actress is sticking mainly to the surface and faking her way through. ** from ****


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