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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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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 (I)', then on the Pepsi-Cola board of directors, demanded that product placement shots be included in all her films of this era. Look for it here prominently advertised on the sides of dispensing carts at a mental hospital picnic. 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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Campy hijinks and very big hair
25 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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