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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Caretakers (1963)

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A woman has a nervous breakdown, which sends her to the local insane asylum for treatment. Dr. Donovan MacLeod and nurse Lucretia Terry argue over the treatment of patients.

Plot
Psychiatrist Dr. Donovan MacLeod is trying to prove that group therapy actually helps mental patients. However, head nurse Lucretia Terry does not sit well with his theory, and prefers straitjackets and padded cells.
Overall Review
My Rating: C-
Joan Crawford as Lucretia Terry (center)
The beginning of this movie was entertaining - a woman suddenly having a nervous breakdown inside of a theater, screaming in front of the screen. The rest of this movie's entertainment goes downhill like the woman's sanity. Unless you want to see a 50 year old Joan Crawford in a leotard (pictured right) teaching fellow nurses Judo, stay away from this.

Cast
  • Joan Crawford as Lucretia Terry
  • Robert Stack as Dr. MacLeod
  • Polly Bergen as Lorna Medford
  • Constance Ford as Nurse Bracken
  • Herbert Marshall as Dr. Harrington
  • Janis Paige as Marion
  • Barbara Barrie as Edna
  • Ellen Corby as Irene
  • Diane McBaine as Alison
  • Sharon Hugueny as Connie
  • Susan Oliver as Cathy
  • Ana St. Claire as Ana
  • Robert Vaughn as Jim Melford
  • Van Williams as Dr. Larry Denning
  • Virginia Munshin as Ruth

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