The Caretakers (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Caretakers (1963)





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A psychiatrist advocates group therapy instead of the more conventional methods of institutionalizing patients. Dr. MacLeod (Robert Stack) leads a daily therapy group that has members return to their homes at night. His methods are opposed by the head nurse Lucretia (Joan Crawford), who would rather have the patients submitted to over drugging and shock therapy. The most interesting member of the group is Lorna (Polly Bergen), a housewife consumed with guilt over the accidental death of her child. She escapes after shock therapy and suffers an even greater shock when she wanders into the male section of the hospital, where she is almost raped. The good doctor battles hospital board members and the nefarious nurse in an attempt to establish out patient day clinics for those who seek treatment. The film is unrealistic and sensationalistic in exploiting the horrors of mental illness.

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Robert Stack
as Dr. Donovan MacLeod
Polly Bergen
as Lorna Melford
Joan Crawford
as Lucretia Terry
Diane McBain
as Alison Horne
Van Williams
as Dr. Larry Denning
Constance Ford
as Nurse Bracken
Herbert Marshall
as Dr. Jubal Harrington
Robert Vaughn
as Jim Melford
Susan Oliver
as Cathy Clark
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Critic Reviews for The Caretakers

All Critics (2)

The only good thing in this campy Joan Crawford mental hospital flick is the Oscar-nominated cinematography by Lucien Ballard.

August 23, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

An unintentionally funny overwrought melodrama.

March 22, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Caretakers


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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


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 nixon
jay nixon

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