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Dr. MacLeod (Robert Stack), an idealistic psychiatrist, has developed a new type of therapy for severely disturbed individuals at a mental institution. However, head nurse Lucretia Terry (Joan Crawford) resists these changes, feeling that the only effective ways of dealing with patients are force and punishment. Even though MacLeod is rebuffed by many of the hospital staff, his methods show promise on some patients, including the frenzied Lorna Medford (Polly Bergen).

Cast & Crew

Robert Stack
Dr. Donovan MacLeod
Joan Crawford
Lucretia Terry
Polly Bergen
Lorna Melford
Diane McBain
Alison Horne
Van Williams
Dr. Larry Denning
Constance Ford
Nurse Bracken
Herbert Marshall
Dr. Jubal Harrington
Bill Shiffrin
Executive Producer
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Lucien Ballard
Cinematographer
Claudio Guzmán
Art Director
Frank Tuttle
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Audience Reviews for The Caretakers

  • Mar 14, 2011
    I watched this one on Netflix Instant View. I picked this one from a list of MGM limited editions. I've watch a number of films from this list and this is the first one that I didn't enjoy. Some good actors and Actresses. Robert Stack plays the modern Doctor, Joan Crawford who has always creeped me out plays the old school, shock them ways in mental treatment. The beautiful Susan Oliver plays the Nurse Cathy Clark. A black and white film that I'm not sure who the audience was in 1963. 2 1/2 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    Good movie.Some parts kinda reminded me of 1 Flew The Cuckoos Nest
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2008
    If you're looking for a serious exploration of mental illness this IS NOT the movie for you, but if you're looking for a hoot and a half you've found the answer!! Wait for the scene where Robert Stack wants to talk to Joan Crawford " man to man"! Camp of a high order.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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