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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
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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 »
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 »
Despite good intentions, this silly sanitarium flick from Dariel Telfer's novel is unintentionally funny. 'Stolid' is practically synonymous with Robert Stack, here playing the head doctor at an asylum that welcomes a new patient to the pack, schizophrenic Polly Bergen (who freaks out in a crowded movie-house showing "West Side Story"...she must be a critic). Joan Crawford is on hand too, playing the hospital matron (she's slightly schizo herself; one minute she's flirting with wooden Stack, the next she's chewing him out). Some intense scenes, fine Oscar-nominated cinematography by Lucien Ballard, but otherwise ridiculous. Hall Bartlett is credited with the direction; future TV director Jerry Paris (of "Happy Days" fame) co-produced and co-wrote...wouldn't it have been better if that were reversed and Paris brought Joanie & Chachi on-board to deal with Mommie Dearest? ** from ****
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