23 November 2000 | boycehart
Woman doctor helps town repel invaders
I watched "Wild Women of Chastity Gulch" on TV here recently. In it Priscilla Barnes (Three's Company) plays Maggie McCul-loch, a woman doctor who travels to the town of Sweetwater (during the Civil War) at the bequest of her ailing Aunt Annie (Joan Collins), the local madam. Annie asks Maggie to manage her "business" for six months. With all the able-bodied men away fighting the war, Annie's girls and the "good women" of Sweetwater declare a truce and take over the civic respon-sibilities of the town with Maggie as mayor. Meanwhile, a Northern raiding party, led by Colonel Isaacs (Howard Duff) invade the town in search of a doctor for Isaacs' badly wounded son Frank (Donny Osmond). Isaacs promises to spare the town if his son is saved. A wounded rebel prisonor of the Yankees, handsome Dr. John Cain (Lee Horsley) helps Maggie perform the surgery. While young Frank recuperates, Isaacs and his men ride away to raid another town. Cain warns Maggie and the other women that Isaacs will not keep his promise but will return and destroy the town. Meanwhile, Maggie's aunt succumbs to her illness and is buried. In a desperate effort to save Sweetwater Cain and Maggie (who are falling in love by this time) help the others prepare to defend the town when the raiders return. NOTE: Not a classic western by any means, but a fairly enjoyable time-waster. Western movie fans like myself take what we can get these days.