This review is part of the The Anne Bancroft Blogathon being run by Crystal of In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.
Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Sep 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A mission of women in warring China eagerly await the arrival of a skilled doctor in order to help one of them who is close to giving birth.
My Take on it – John Ford is mostly known for his Westerns that feature John Wayne, but it’s quite interesting to find out that his final film as director was about a group of women.
The story unfolds in a very engaging way and they manage to keep the level of tension and suspense on the rise the whole way through.
The various women depicted here all act very differently towards the dangers and unknown aspects of the warring tribes around them as they all continue to do the work of the mission in proselytizing.
The film gives an interesting view of how women in these situations can view the horrors of war and fighting.
The appearance of the doctor manages to help shift the balance of things as someone with a different view on the world is injected into their surrounding.
The best character here is the one played by Anne Bancroft who is clearly the star of things and she gives some an amazing performance here.
Her brash personality helps the others to try and look at the wold in a slightly skewed way.
Loved seeing Eddie Albert as the lone man in the mission even if he doesn;t have very much screen time since the story focuses more on all of the women.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Anne Bancroft recalled producer and director John Ford’s tearing pages out of the script and described him as “Marvelous but loony.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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