Every Man Needs One (1972)

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A male chauvinist architect pressured into hiring a feminist as his assistant finds himself falling for her.

"Every Man Needs One" is an American comedy-drama film directed by Jerry Paris and composed by Ric Hardman. The image broadcasted on ABC in 1972, shows a perfect mix of humour, feeling, and an effective narrative. The story orbits around the life of a designer, Ken Vickery (played by Ken Berry), grappling with the pressures of both his professional and individual life. The movie not just offers a profound reflection on work-life balance however likewise presents a perceptible commentary on the altering gender roles of the 1970s.

Plot Summary
The movie begins with the intro of the lead character, Ken Vickery, an effective yet overloaded architect having a hard time to manage his work commitments and domestic requirements. His partner, Jan (played by Susan Saint James), is mainly fascinated in your home, handling household chores and looking after their boy Matt. Experiencing aggravations substantiated of this imbalance, Ken decides to work with a domestic helper.

The story takes an unanticipated turn when the designated helper ends up being a female. Beth (represented by Martine Beswick), an expert housekeeper, breezes into their lives, altering the characteristics of their household and their viewpoints. Beth brings in a revitalizing set of modern ideas, challenging the generally defined responsibilities for men and women in the household. Regardless of initial apprehension from Ken, her positive attitude and skills at fixing things around your house prove her vital.

Character Development and Themes
As the story unfolds, Beth's existence becomes a driver for keeping track of the dynamics of the Vickery family. Ken's initial pain slowly transitions into approval and respect for Beth. Through her impact, Ken revaluates his perception towards domestic tasks and traditional gender roles, acknowledging their importance. Jan, on the other hand, discovers motivation in Beth's independence, beginning her search for something significant beyond simply being Ken's spouse or Matt's mom.

The movie reflects the shifting gender roles in society, sparked by the ladies's liberation motion that was acquiring momentum during the 1970s. It underscores the process of adjusting to these modifications, managing work-life balance and navigating through societal pressure. The film does not avoid highlighting the vulnerabilities of the characters or the difficulties in accepting the evolving gender characteristics.

In the end, Jan decides to pursue her aspirations by registering in a law school, and Ken finds out to handle between his work and sharing domestic duties. Beth, having effectively broken stereotypes and changed household characteristics, leaves to continue her journey somewhere else, leaving the Vickery family forever altered.

"Every Man Needs One" is a poignant representation of chartered and unchartered areas in gender roles, the exploration of uniqueness, and the redefinition of familial roles in a constantly evolving society. Through an unique narrative, the movie leaves the audience contemplating over their biases associated with gender roles while likewise adding an aspect of humour to this severe topic. The movie remains relevant even today, pushing audiences to concern, comprehend, and difficulty conventional roles and standards.

Top Cast

  • Connie Stevens (small)
    Connie Stevens
    Beth Walden
  • Ken Berry (small)
    Ken Berry
    David Chase
  • Gail Fisher (small)
    Gail Fisher
    Pauline Kramer
  • Steve Franken (small)
    Steve Franken
    Bob Rasmussen
  • Henry Gibson (small)
    Henry Gibson
  • Jerry Paris (small)
    Jerry Paris
    Marty Ranier
  • Louise Sorel (small)
    Louise Sorel
    Louise Lathrop
  • Nancy Walker (small)
    Nancy Walker
    David's Mother
  • Carol Wayne (small)
    Carol Wayne
  • Stanley Adams (small)
    Stanley Adams
    Bus Driver
  • Ogden Talbot
    Hotel Clerk