The Caretakers (1963)

97 mins | Melodrama | 21 August 1963

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
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Daily Variety
24 May 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
28 May 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
6 Jun 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
13 Jun 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
25 Jun 1962
p. 11.
Daily Variety
28 Jun 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
2 Jul 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
5 Jul 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
9 Jul 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
10 Jul 1962
p. 11.
Daily Variety
1 Oct 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
31 Oct 1962
p. 14.
Daily Variety
30 Nov 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
13 Dec 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
4 Mar 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
22 Apr 1963
p. 4, 15.
Daily Variety
17 May 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 May 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
23 May 1963
p. 1.
Daily Variety
20 Jun 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 Aug 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
13 Aug 1963
p. 11.
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
27 Aug 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
30 Sep 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
3 Dec 1963
p. 4.
Los Angeles Sentinel
28 Jun 1962
Section C, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
23 Jun 1962
p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
11 Aug 1963
Section K, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
15 Aug 1963
Section C, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1963
Section C, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
24 Aug 1963
Section B, p. 7.
New York Times
18 Aug 1963
p. 107.
New York Times
1 Sep 1963
Section X, p. 1.
Variety
13 Jun 1962
p. 15.
Variety
28 Aug 1963
p. 5.
Variety
11 Sep 1963
p. 86.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Hall Bartlett Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod exec
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Men's ward
Women's ward
MUSIC
SOUND
Boom op
VISUAL EFFECTS
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod secy
Scr supv
Stills
Stills
Dial coach
Prop master
Title drawings
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Caretakers by Dariel Telfer (New York, 1959).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 August 1963
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 14 August 1963
New York and Los Angeles openings: 21 August 1963
Production Date:
began 1 or 4 June 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Hall Bartlett Productions
Copyright Date:
1 May 1963
Copyright Number:
LP25246
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
20391
SYNOPSIS

Following the death of her small son in an automobile accident, Lorna Melford suffers a nervous collapse and is confined in a mental institution. Despite her homicidal tendencies, Dr. Donovan MacLeod decides that Lorna is a "borderline case" and places her in a group therapy ward where the patients are given considerable freedom. The group includes also the nymphomaniac Marion; Connie, who hears imaginary voices; Anna, who saw her parents killed in wartime; senile Irene; and Edna, mute and a pyromaniac. Lucretia Terry, the hospital's head nurse, who advocates the use of force in handling the patients, strongly opposes MacLeod's methods. He is almost discredited when Marion steals some alcohol and stages a wild party that ends in brawling and fighting. Lucretia brings charges against him and tries to have him replaced, but the hospital's board of directors gives him a little more time to justify his theories. The crucial moment arrives when Edna, with a torch she has made, attempts to set fire to the group therapy ward. The strong-arm methods of Lucretia's nurses fail to subdue the girl, but Lorna soothingly induces Edna to give up her torch and to speak the first word she has uttered in years. Lorna's apparent cure prompts the hospital board to grant MacLeod permission to open a day clinic for borderline ... +


Following the death of her small son in an automobile accident, Lorna Melford suffers a nervous collapse and is confined in a mental institution. Despite her homicidal tendencies, Dr. Donovan MacLeod decides that Lorna is a "borderline case" and places her in a group therapy ward where the patients are given considerable freedom. The group includes also the nymphomaniac Marion; Connie, who hears imaginary voices; Anna, who saw her parents killed in wartime; senile Irene; and Edna, mute and a pyromaniac. Lucretia Terry, the hospital's head nurse, who advocates the use of force in handling the patients, strongly opposes MacLeod's methods. He is almost discredited when Marion steals some alcohol and stages a wild party that ends in brawling and fighting. Lucretia brings charges against him and tries to have him replaced, but the hospital's board of directors gives him a little more time to justify his theories. The crucial moment arrives when Edna, with a torch she has made, attempts to set fire to the group therapy ward. The strong-arm methods of Lucretia's nurses fail to subdue the girl, but Lorna soothingly induces Edna to give up her torch and to speak the first word she has uttered in years. Lorna's apparent cure prompts the hospital board to grant MacLeod permission to open a day clinic for borderline cases. +

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