MONTHLY MUST SEE: THE STORY OF ESTHER COSTELLO

David Miller

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In this high-camp tale of embezzlement and anguish, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford revels in the role of generous Irish socialite (Margaret Landi) whose good deeds go horribly wrong when, on a trip home to the village of Cloncraig, she takes pity on a poor teenager, Esther Costello (Heather Sears), who is deaf, dumb and blind since childhood when she accidentally blew up her mother (Sheila Manahan) with a box of IRA grenades.

Margaret rescues her from cruel aunt (Maureen Delaney), takes her to America for treatment, sets up a charity in Esther’s name and attracts the attention of a predatory scoundrel.

 

102 minutes, U.K., 1957, Black and White, 35mm

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