Seven Women from Hell
|Seven Women from Hell|
|Directed by||Robert D. Webb|
|Produced by||Harry Spalding|
|Written by||Jesse Lasky Jr.|
|Music by||Paul Dunlap|
|Edited by||Jodie Copelan|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Seven Women from Hell is a 1961 war drama directed by Robert D. Webb and starring Patricia Owens, Denise Darcel (in her final film), Margia Dean, Yvonne Craig and Cesar Romero about women prisoners in a Japanese World War II prison camp, interned with other prisoners.
When the Japanese invade New Guinea in 1942, Grace Ingram (Patricia Owens), an Australian member of a scientific expedition, is captured and then imprisoned in a women's detention camp. She shares her prison barrack with six other women: Janet Cook (Yvonne Craig), a pregnant American teenager; Ann Van Laer (Sylvia Daneel), a tightlipped but sympathetic German widow; Claire Oudry (Denise Darcel), a French waitress; Mai-Lu Ferguson (Pilar Seurat), a Eurasian nurse; and two other Americans, Mara Shepherd (Margia Dean), an ignorant rich woman, and Regan (Evadne Baker), a soft-spoken young lady.
During a bombing raid, Janet's baby is born dead and the humane Captain Oda (Bob Okazaki) is killed. Sergeant Takahashi (Richard Loo), his sadistic assistant, assumes command of the camp, and a friendly Japanese, Doctor Matsumo (Yuki Shimoda), helps the women escape.
Mara is recaptured and tortured to death, and Claire and Regan are killed by rifle fire. The surviving four encounter a wounded American flyer, Lt. Bill Jackson (John Kerr), who helps them make their way to the beach but dies before they can reach safety. A wealthy planter, Luis Hullman (Cesar Romero), finds the girls, feigns friendship, and then attempts to hand them over to the Japanese. But the women learn of his plan, kill him, and escape by boat to the Allied lines.
- Patricia Owens as Grace Ingram
- Denise Darcel as Claire Oudry
- Cesar Romero as Luis Hullman
- John Kerr as Lt. Bill Jackson
- Margia Dean as Mara Shepherd
- Yvonne Craig as Janet Cook
- Pilar Seurat as Mai-Lu Ferguson
- Sylvia Daneel as Anna Van Laer
- Richard Loo as Sgt. Takahashi
- Evadne Baker as Regan
- Bob Okazaki as Capt. Oda
- Yuki Shimoda as Dr. Matsumo
- Lloyd Kino as Rapist Guard
- Kam Fong as House Guard
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p253
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