Seven Women from Hell

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.[2][3][4]

Seven Women from Hell
Directed byRobert D. Webb
Produced byHarry Spalding
Written byJesse Lasky Jr. and Pat Silver-Lasky
StarringPatricia Owens
Denise Darcel
Cesar Romero
John Kerr
Margia Dean
Music byPaul Dunlap
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byJodie Copelan
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 1961 (1961-10)
Running time
88 min.
CountryUnited States


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.[5]



The film was written by Jesse Lasky Jr. and his wife, Pat Silver-Lasky for producer Robert Lippert, who had a deal with Fox to make low budget films.[6] John Kerr was signed to star.[7]

The film was shot in Hawaii in June 1961.[8][9]

See also


  1. 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
  3. SEVEN WOMEN FROM HELL. (1962, Monthly Film Bulletin, 29, 41. Retrieved from
  4. SEVEN WOMEN FROM HELL Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 29, Iss. 336, (Jan 1, 1962): 41.
  6. Hopper, H. (1961, May 23). Entertainment. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  7. Entertainment: Red Skelton Will Star in Own Story Filming Planned in Tokyo; Chevalier in 'The castaways' Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 23 May 1961: A7.
  8. Dexter, Maury (2012). Highway to Hollywood (PDF). p. 109.
  9. Scheuer, P. K. (1961, Jun 06). Randall envisions malibu pied piper. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
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