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The Caretakers (1963)

 |  Drama  |  21 August 1963 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Dr. Donovan MacLeod
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Lorna Melford
Diane McBain ...
Alison Horne
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Lucretia Terry
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Marion
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Dr. Larry Denning
Constance Ford ...
Nurse Bracken
Sharon Hugueny ...
Connie
Herbert Marshall ...
Dr. Jubal Harrington
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Edna
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Irene
Ana María Lynch ...
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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Frauen, die nicht lieben dürfen  »

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From The Washington Post, May 22, 1963: "So impressed were Senators Lister Hill and Thomas Kuchel with The Caretakers, a film on mental health, that they arranged a showing for senators and their staffs this afternoon in the New Senate Office building. The extra attraction: a post-screening reception in honor of stars Joan Crawford and Robert Stack, writer Henry F. Greenburg and producer Hall Bartlett." See more »

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As Lorna runs into the hospital, there's nothing outside the door. But the shot from inside shows a small wall just outside the door which she would have had to jump over or go around to enter. See more »

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Campy hijinks and very big hair
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If you're looking for a serious exploration of mental illness this IS NOT the movie for you, but if you're looking for a hoot and a half you've found the answer!!

Overacting abounds! Polly Bergen starts things off going berserk over the opening credits in a highly cinematic fashion and continues to do so at intervals throughout the film always managing to keep her volcano of teased hair in immaculate order. There are many fine actresses in the cast and they all get little moments but most don't get much of a chance to shine. Joan Crawford & Constance Ford are tough as nails, Stack a wall of granite, Diane McBain and Susan Oliver both keep it centered in non showy roles as caring nurses but everybody else gets to be movie "nuts" with little if any restraint.

Wait for the scene where Robert Stack wants to talk to Joan Crawford " man to man"! Camp of a high order.


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