According to saigon's Institute of statistics, the Indo-China war has taken such a toll of its young men that the future of unmarried women there is a "bleak and lonely" one.
GV Saigon street scene
MV & CU Girls in street (3 shots)
MV PAN Two girls on scooter
MV & CU INT Wedding ..couple standing (2 shots)
SV Parents praying
MV Wedding couple kneeling
GV Tea party
SV & CU EXT Couple in park with child (2 shots)
MV Four girls sit on bench
MV Couple walking sway with child
GV Amahs walk into camps (2 shots)
CU U.S. guard at gate
MV Amahs passing guard
MV Woman mowing grass.
MV Woman hangs clothes
CU American sitting
MV & CU Woman polishing shoes (2 shots)
MV Woman with washing.
MV Two Americans sitting
MV & CU American plays horseshoes
MV PAN Women carry garbage
MV Americans sitting PAN TO woman walking to clothesline.
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Background: According to saigon's Institute of statistics, the Indo-China war has taken such a toll of its young men that the future of unmarried women there is a "bleak and lonely" one. Saigon's population is estimated at more than 1,681,000. Of this number 190,000 are unmarried women, and only 75,000 are bachelors.
SYNOPSIS: Saigon...capital of South Vietnam.
According to the city's Institute of Statistics, a bleak and lonely future could possibly await its unmarried women
The city's population has been estimated at one million 681 thousand. Of this figure 190 thousand are unmarried women, but because of the Indo-China War's heavy toll of young men, there are only an estimate 75,000 bachelors left in Saigon Weddings are now more infrequent.
The Instituted of Statistics had said that most the unmarried women are in the 25 to 35 age group.
Some young people have managed to find marriage partners.
Every day in an around Saigon, thousands of women--servants, or "Amahs" as they're called, file into American Service camps to polish shoes, wash clothes, clean-up, and do other menial chores.
The older women, many of them war widows find that working for the American servicemen can be a lucrative source of badly-needed income.
Younger women look on the work as an opportunity to meet eligible young men, although the marriage rate from such meetings isn't high.
Meanwhile, as the Americans leave Saigon so the plight of the city's unmarried women increases.