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The Caretakers (1963)

Approved | | Drama | 21 August 1963 (USA)
This movie chronicles the trials of the mentally ill and their care-givers in an over-crowded ward of a hospital. Dr. MacLeod (Robert Stack) is a new, optimistic doctor who attempts to ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Dr. Donovan MacLeod
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Lorna Melford
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Alison Horne
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Lucretia Terry
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Marion
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Dr. Larry Denning
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Nurse Bracken
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Connie
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Dr. Jubal Harrington
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Edna
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Irene
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Ana (as Ana St. Clair)
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Jim Melford
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Nurse Cathy Clark
Virginia Munshin ...
Ruth
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This movie chronicles the trials of the mentally ill and their care-givers in an over-crowded ward of a hospital. Dr. MacLeod (Robert Stack) is a new, optimistic doctor who attempts to start an out-patient program for the women in the ward. His method of treating mentally ill patients without violence or punishment is met with resistance by the head nurse, Lucretia Terry (Joan Crawford). During Dr. MacLeod's treatment, the phobias and illnesses of the various women in the test group are explored. Written by Stacia Kissick <srm12@ksu.edu>

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Now the screen tells what makes a woman - and what breaks her!

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21 August 1963 (USA)  »

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Almas en tinieblas  »

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Trivia

Joan Crawford said that she agreed to the film because she found the subject of the story "interesting". See more »

Goofs

When Lorna has a mental breakdown in a movie theater and rushes up to freak out on stage in front of screen, it's obvious that film on screen is a rear projection because neither she nor ushers trying to restrain her have projected images on them nor do they cast shadows on screen. See more »

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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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polly's crackers
4 January 1999 | by (boston, ma) – See all my reviews

I find this one of the most difficult films of its era to sit through; it is truly nerve-bending, asinine, and infuriating. if you look upon it as camp, it still is difficult to take unless you like the sight of bizarre creature polly bergen constantly throwing fits and screaming (it's truly horrific) and can tolerate the posturing hero and a story and scenes which purport to shed light on mental illness but is totally phony in every particular. diane mcbain is gorgeous and smug; joan crawford and constance ford as butch as they come; janis paige gives the most enjoyable performance in the film, or at least creates a somewhat believable character till she phonies out toward the end. it's pathetic that maltin and others would even consider taking this film seriously. it is a fairy tale put together by fly-by-night producers for a quick buck who wanted to make it look like one of those 50's/early 60's "message" social reform pictures, and people were dumb enough to accept that.


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