Film Illustrated Monthly – Nov 1948

Esther Waters

Produced and directed by Ian Dalrymple and Peter Proud for Wessex

Cast

Esther ……………….. Kathleen Ryan
William Latch …………. Dirk Bogarde
Fred Parsons…………… Cyril Cusack
Randal ……………….. Ivor Barnard
Mrs. Barfield …………. Fay Compton

With Margaret Diamond, George Hayes, Morland Graham, Mary Clare, Pauline Jameson, Shelagh Fraser, Margaret Withers, Julian D’Albie, Nuna Davey, Barbara Snaw, Archie Harradine, Duncan Lewis, Harry Ross, Lalage Lewis, Mr. Alexander Parker, Fred Lane, Billy Rees

Adapted from the famous novel by George Moore, this is a rambling, stodgy movie which tells the story of Esther, a servant girl who is betrayed by the groom, suffers countless vicissitudes, and finally settles down to married life with her bookie husband.

The crowd scenes, the gaiety of Derby Day, the fairgrounds, the gypsies, the tipsters and the bookies – all these are beautifully captured and the racing sequences are thrilling and effective. For these, “Esther Waters” is worth seeing, but as a vehicle for new star Dirk Bogarde it seems to be curiously ill-chosen.