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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Margaret Landi
... Carlo Landi
... Esther Costello
... Harry Grant
... Frank Wenzel
... Mother Superior
... Paul Marchant
Denis O'Dea ... Father Devlin
... Ryan
... Matron in Art Gallery
... Mr. Wilson
Maureen Delaney ... Jennie Costello
Harry Hutchinson ... Irish publican
Tony Quinn ... Irish pub customer
... 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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The story of a man's transgression, a girl's innocence and a wife's heartbreak! See more »

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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 Stagecoach to Fury (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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A very powerful film about touchy subjects.
20 June 2000 | by 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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