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MOVIE REVIEW | ***SWANSONG WEEK*** 7 Women (1966)

7 Women

“So what’s normal about that? As a matter of fact, what the hell is so normal about any one of us nuts sitting at this table?”

No matter how many times I’m proven wrong, whenever I turn on a John Ford movie, I expect to see cowboys, Indians and John Wayne.  But I keep getting reminded that he made more than just westerns.  He did screwball comedy, he did prestige melodrama, he did period biopics and yes, he did westerns.  But while his genre range was pretty wide, his predilection for manly men, in manly stories is undeniable.  Which is why it seems so weird to me that his career finished with a movie almost completely about women.  In fact it’s about 7 Women.

Set in a Christian mission in 1930s China, the latest arrival is Anne Bancroft as Dr Cartwright.  Her pants wearing, cigarette smoking, progressive ways quickly put her on the wrong side of mother hen, Agatha (Margaret Leighton).  Also living in the mission is the wide eyed innocent Emma (Sue Lyon), the pregnant Florrie (Betty Field), and her husband, the only dude in the place, Charles (Eddie Albert).  Florrie’s older than your average first time mother and Dr Cartwright tries to convince her and Charles to go to a bigger city with a real hospital for the birth.  But soon, a pregnant old shagger is the least of their worries. (more…)