Esther Waters

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Having made her mark in Reed's Odd Man Out, Irish actress Ryan got herself a real showcase in this period melodrama, from the novel by George Moore (1894), suffering nobly and at length as the honest serving wench in a country house who gets herself pregnant by rapscallion groom Bogarde (in his second screen appearance). He, on the other hand, is more interested in horse racing, and there'll be a fortune won and lost before the day is done. The actors win our sympathy despite the hoary subject matter, though the well-staged racecourse sequences almost convince you the movie's a lot better than it actually is.

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Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Proud, Ian Dalrymple
Screenwriter: William Rose
Cast: Cyril Cusack
Julian d'Albie
Kathleen Ryan
Morland Graham
Mary Clare
Ivor Barnard
Shelagh Fraser
Dirk Bogarde
Fay Compton
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