Legendary director John Ford's final film involving seven dedicated missionary women in China circa 1935 trying to protect themselves from the advances of a Mongolian barbaric warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.
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In a mission in China in 1935, Agatha Andrews is a rigid missionary beset by Mongolian bandits led by Warlord chief Tunga Khan. With her are her assistant Jane Argent, staff members Emma Clark, Miss Russell and Miss Binns, head of the British mission, Charles Pather, a teacher at the mission and his pregnant wife Florrie. When Dr. D.R. Cartwright arrives, she agrees to sacrifice herself to the Tunga Khan in exchange for his letting the ladies go free. Written by
These "Mongol" bandits speak (rather poor) Mandarin Chinese rather than Mongolian, and the wrestling scene showed absolutely nothing of the famous Mongolian wrestling style. Other than that, I enjoyed the movie (shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel). It was a bit disappointing that Ford did not choose an East Asian to play the main "Mongolian" role - just as actresses like Katherine Hepburn played Chinese in movies like The Good Earth - but given the facts of Hollywood life at that time, this is understandable. An interesting subplot runs between the doctor and the head of mission: who is more Christ-like, she who talks the talk or she who walks the walk?
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