Cinema: What Ever Happened to Childie McNaught?

"There's not enough kindness in the world," whimpers the chunky lesbian, knocking back the booze. The worn insight is typical of the maundering dialogue in The Killing of Sister George, an autopsy of a homosexual affair. The heroine (Beryl Reid) is an actress with a single role: Sister George, a kindly, cuddly nurse on a British soap opera. Offscreen, she drops the smarmy smile and becomes an abrading machine running on alcohol and programmed for self-destruction.

Her inamorata, "Childie" McNaught, is a red-cheeked pippin of a girl (Susannah York) with a mind that has...

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