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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 ...
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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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Silly "Snake Pit" rehash...
23 February 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

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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