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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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David Miller
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Margaret Landi
Rossano Brazzi ... 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
Bessie Love ... Matron in Art Gallery
Robert Ayres ... Mr. Wilson
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Jennie Costello
Harry Hutchinson Harry Hutchinson ... Irish publican
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Irish pub customer
Janina Faye ... Esther Costello, as a child
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Storyline

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! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Virgin See more »

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Production Co:

Romulus Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford, then on the Pepsi-Cola board of directors, demanded that product placement shots be included in all her films of this era. Look for it here prominently displayed in signs in an airport lobby. 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 »

Soundtracks

Lead Kindly Light
Words by John Henry Newman (as Newman)
Music by John B. Dykes (as Dyke)
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but the girl's history "blind-deaf and silent" it was taken with such a realism that the movie is really impressive.
5 July 2001 | by MisterixtSee all my reviews

Of not having been for the spectacular interpretation of both: Joan Crawford and Rossano Brazzi, it had been impossible to locate this movie in the database. In the Argentina it was exhibited as "La ragazza d'oro" or "The girl of gold" (I don't remember it exactly). I have not been able to see the original version, although the common thing was that many scenes "strong" was suppressed (to the style of what counts Cinema Paradisso), and inclusive he lost temper the translation of the dialogues. I saw this movie being still smaller than age but accompanied by my mother that achieved that they allowed me to enter to the cinematograph a rainy noon of winter. We had gone shopping to the great city and the trade closed at noon. She was fanatic admiring of both actors. The movie was "not capable it stops smaller than 18 years", and the only thing "boisterous" that was seen they were some "shirt twins" of him that Joan found in the girl's bed. But like they said "it was enough to understand the argument." Still to the 18 years one had enough "film culture", and it had fixed them to him to see "Wage of fear", the versions of "dramas" of Tennessee Williams and of Arthur Miller and until "God's litle acre"!, I believe to be able to say with enough foundation that "Story of Esther Costello" she had all the necessary one to be remembered as "a classic." It ignored that it was based on a real case, but the girl's history "blind-deaf and silent" it was taken with such a realism that the movie is really impressive.


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