Jessica follows title character Jessica (Angie Dickinson), a blonde, American midwife who has attracted the attentions and sexual desires of the men in her small village in Sicily. When the men of the town become consumed with provocative, steamy thoughts of the midwife, the women become resentful. In response, the jealous and angry wives of the town decide to avoid pregnancy, and therefore the need of Jessica's services, and rebelliously deny the sexual advances of their husbands. Concerned for the state of the marriages in the village, the local priest, Father Antonio (Maurice Chevalier) decides to play matchmaker and attempts to form an attraction between Jessica and a widower in the town, who lives alone in a large castle. This light, highly sexualized farce was produced in 1962 and directed by Jean Negulesco and Oreste Palella and was based on the novel The Midwife of Pont Clery, written by Flora Sandstrom.