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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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Sandy
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Dianne
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Marisa Valdez
Roger Cruz ...
Carlos
Rod Haase ...
Cliff Gallagher
Richard Gates ...
Wally (as Rick Gates)
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Dr. Wilson
Kendrew Lascelles ...
Owen Boles
Michael Ross Verona ...
Freddie
Kimberly Hyde ...
April
Elana Casey ...
Zouzou
John Hudson ...
Dr. Krause
Ruth Warshawsky ...
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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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Soap opera fans will recognize Robin Mattson,who plays Dianne in the film. Robin went onto starring in three daytime dramas: All My Children,Santa Barbara and her most prominent role as Heather Webber on General Hospital, a part she has been playing on and off since 1980. See more »

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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 »

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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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Lightly entertaining sexploitation from those reliable Cormans.
4 June 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Roger Cormans' wife Julie produced this final entry in his "Nurses" sex comedy series. It's actually got a decent enough, easy to follow story (by director Alan Holleb), and even though it might not be trashy enough for some people, it serves up the expected sex and nudity in adequate fashion. Certainly Holleb does a commendable job at following the established formula.

Once again, the magic number of nurses whom we follow is three. Candice Rialson is Sandy, who is intrigued when an insufferable rock star (Kendrew Lascelles) is brought to the hospitals' sex clinic for some sort of dysfunction. Robin Mattson, sporting an appealing pixie cut, is Dianne, who is turned on by a jock (Rod Haase). And Maria Rojo is Marisa, a trouble making girl who's given a volunteer job as a candy stripe nurse to keep her occupied. Marisa is moved by a young man who is implicated in a service station robbery, and determines to clear him.

Overall, not as memorable as earlier entries in the series, which had more developed social commentaries, but it's very easy to take, very sexy, (with an attractive female cast showing off the goods to great effect), and well paced, with Holleb cramming a fair amount of action and exposition into the final act.

Rialson, Mattson, and Rojo are sufficiently appealing, and ably supported by a cast including some old pros (Bill Erwin, Don Keefer, and the great Dick Miller, who once again works his magic as a basketball spectator) and an up and comer (Sally Kirkland makes an appearance as a wife in a clinic).

An entertaining romp, with bouncy music by Eron Tabor (the head rapist in the rape-revenge classic "Day of the Woman") & Ron Thompson, and slick photography by Colin Campbell.

Seven out of 10.


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