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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 ... 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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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. Written by <mailcall@intersource.com>

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RECOMMENDED for our adult patronage, and the most informed teenagers. See more »

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Drama

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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 Heather 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 John Henry Newman (as Newman)
Music by John B. Dykes (as Dyke)
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Had he learned the Braille......
6 August 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

The first part is the most interesting : it may reminds you of Montgomery Clift , as a private taking in a young child and teaching him English to communicate with him at the end of WW2 ("the search");most likely Anne Bancroft (Annie Sullivan) and her pupil Patty Duke (Helen Keller )in Arthur Penn's masterpiece "the miracle worker"(which had not been yet made) .

They hint at Helen Keller and this fictitious story may have been partly inspired by her real story ;Helen Keller spent her whole life helping her fellow men,collecting funds to create schools ,a true heroine of the last century.

But ,as soon as Mrs Landi's '(Crawford) husband (Rossano Brazzi ) appears , it's downhill all the way ;acting becomes pure camp and the story is guaranteed to net nothing but horse laughs .Only Heather Sears ,the ugly duckling turned into a swan , preserves her dignity ;an extra star fo her.


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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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Romulus Films See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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