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Candy Stripe Nurses (1974)

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Young, pretty nurses and their hospital adventures.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Candice Rialson ... Sandy
Robin Mattson ... Dianne
María Rojo ... Marisa Valdez
Roger Cruz Roger Cruz ... Carlos
Rod Haase Rod Haase ... Cliff Gallagher
Richard Gates Richard Gates ... Wally (as Rick Gates)
Don Keefer ... Dr. Wilson
Kendrew Lascelles Kendrew Lascelles ... Owen Boles
Michael Ross Verona Michael Ross Verona ... Freddie
Kimberly Hyde Kimberly Hyde ... April
Elana Casey Elana Casey ... Zouzou
John Hudson John Hudson ... Dr. Krause
Ruth Warshawsky Ruth Warshawsky ... Head Nurse
June Christopher ... Emergency Room Nurse
James Espinoza James Espinoza ... The Witness


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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Release Date:

14 March 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel of Mercy See more »

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New World Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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!
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it's not the best example of Nurse movies, but it's certainly one to start with for a reason
18 July 2017 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

This is my first "Nurses" movie, an unofficial series (without canon I mean, you can watch them any which way you want I suppose) from Roger Corman's New World Pictures, which started as... well, I'm sure there was some sort of idea from George Armitage and Corman originally, but how it got to Candy Stripe Nurses is mostly due, I'd assume, to economics: these movies made money, as far as they went, and this was one of the later ones. In a way I'm glad I started with this one since I'm sure that it can only go up from here, hopefully anyway, as far as the quality of the writing and acting.

Of course, one would argue, I shouldn't expect much quality when it comes to that stuff. This is about young, teenaged-to-20-something aged women in uniforms getting into shenanigans, usually involving their breasts coming out of their outfits.

There is some mild attention here to plot, actually three of them, almost with the kind of looseness I'd associate, of all things, with something like Car Wash (that might be due to the LA mid 70's shaggy period flavor): one girl, the Latina one, is brought on as a nurse as a way of curtailing possible juvenile dilenquency, and becomes involved with trying to hunt down the actual culprit of a convenience store robbery as the man who was shot and caught is in the hospital; another woman is (maybe?) attracted to a rock star who has, so to speak, lost his mojo; one last girl (who probably is the "better" actress of the bunch) hooks up with a college jock and helps him with his homework, despite the fact that she's still in high school.

Again, it's all soft stuff, and that's fine, but I can't help but try and, you know, pay attention to things when I watch a film like, say, repetitive music or lazy/tired shot compositions, or that there is some acting (Maria Rojo as nurse Marisa Valdez) that would've needed work in a high school production. There's some fun to be had with the story involving the haggard/mojo-less rock star, since that actor seems to get what the context of everything is, and at first some of the music was alright. The rest of the time it felt like a movie that is, even as the first "nurse" movie I've watched, going through the motions of its plot almost exactly as you'd expect... well, maybe not entirely: there IS the part where the basketball jock is somehow allowed behind the wheel to go tearassing around town drunk at night with other nurses in the car with him because... well, the movie needs a climax, don't it?

There's also the requisite number of breasts - some quite nice, actually - and, here and there, rapey vibes that perhaps can't be helped given the kind of sleaze we're accepting. I'm not sure what potential there was for this, but I think one legitimate criticism, past going after the performances or (for the most part) the filmmamking in general, is that we don't really get to see much of the girls even *in* the hospital as the nurses doing their work; that might be fine for others, but it seemed odd to have a movie with this title and about 10 minutes of it is spent with the girls actually seeing them do what they do (including, here and there, getting it on with other doctors/patients/etc).

Point is, it seems like once I double back to Armitage and Jonathan Kaplan's films, I should likely expect... well, MORE of whatever it is.

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