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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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21 August 1963 (USA)  »

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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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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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It's campy and I loved it!
1 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm clearly not on the same page as most of the reviewers. First, it's classic Joan Crawford camp. Not only is Joan campy and hilarious as the "head nurse" but the cast of characters kept me enthralled. Look, I don't expect too much "realism" in films about mental illness in the 1960's so I'm not quite getting the disgust that's being expressed.

Marion was also a special treat and her energy shined.

If there is any historical relevance in it is the fact the social norms around the mentally ill were being reconstructed in the 1960's. Not that there was any real legitimacy in how it was portrayed, the fact that it was part of the movie as evidenced by the "borderlines". Even the term "borderlines" is made up, but the point about the conception of the mentally ill having capacity to heal was discussed. I guess 'borderline' was meant to express "only borderline insane".

Look, if you love a good camp film film with great outrageous female characters, this is a great film to watch. A special bonus for those that love Joan Crawford!


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