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Candy Stripe Nurses (1974)

R | | Comedy, Thriller | 1 May 1974 (USA)
Young, pretty nurses and their hospital adventures.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Mattson ...
Marisa Valdez
Roger Cruz ...
Rod Haase ...
Cliff Gallagher
Richard Gates ...
Wally (as Rick Gates)
Dr. Wilson
Kendrew Lascelles ...
Owen Boles
Michael Ross Verona ...
Kimberly Hyde ...
Elana Casey ...
John Hudson ...
Dr. Krause
Ruth Warshawsky ...
Head Nurse
Emergency Room Nurse
James Espinoza ...
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A comedy following the exploits of three volunteer nurses, or 'candy stripers'. Marisa, who has been ordered to do volunteer work as a punishment for assaulting her teacher, falls for a young man who has been accused of knocking over a gas station, and does some investigating to try and clear his name. Sandy, on the other hand, has taken the job in order to be with her doctor boyfriend, but also takes up with a few of her handsomer patients as well before transferring to a sex clinic. Dianne, meanwhile, falls for a basketball player, whom she tries to talk into giving up drugs for good. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1 May 1974 (USA)  »

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Angel of Mercy  »

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Dianne wakes Cliff and explains that she needs to go home. His face does not move but his voice is heard "Yeah, sure, let me know when we get to Bakersfield." See more »


Marisa Valdez: Hey, I know you. You're the guy that held up the gas station last night... excuse me!
Carlos: I'm innocent, in case you're interested.
Marisa Valdez: And I'm Jackie Onassis; drop by the yacht sometime!
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Not really a comedy. Ignore the box copy.
10 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was yet another follow-up to the hit Roger Corman quickie The Student Nurses and went along similar lines, but had a completely different cast and no story carry-over. Instead of young professionals trying to succeed amid the temptations of the swinging early 70s, though, this time we have high school aged volunteers. The cast are all inexperienced unknowns (Candace Rialson went on to do a fair amount of TV work over the next few years), but the real problem is that while the advertising promises laughs, the script doesn't provide any. The box copy suggests a hospital romp along the lines of Carry On Doctor, but the movie just gives us 90 minutes of following the girls around in their silly peppermint striped uniforms, and then off to parties where they smoke dope, take off their tops and have sex. Tame sex. Nothing else of much interest happens. Unlike the first movie, where every major character had a proper character arc, there is little here in the way of character development. We just get a few familiar types (the rebel, the serious student who wants to be a doctor, the party girl) and some standard antagonists (insensitive sexist doctors, rigid administrators etc.) for them to conflict with. The result is more hospital soap than romp and not very interesting or entertaining. The girls are pretty hot, though, and this one isn't quite as insanely trashy as Private Duty Nurses, making it a little more watchable (or a little less watchable, depending on what you're looking for).

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