Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: The Nurses Collection (DVD Review)
Where to get it: SHOUT! Factory
Shout’s Roger Corman’s Cult Classics can be a whole lot of fun. Even better, they tend to give you more than one film for the price of what one usually would run you. In this case, we get a “Nurse” collection that features four old school nurse films that are packed with a little action and a whole lot of T and A. Which of course is usually what fans of these types of films are after!
Candy Stripe Nurses (1974)
Director: Alan Holleb
A sex-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.
This set start off with a fun little film from 1974. In it we join a few young women who work as Candy Stripe Nurses, but the stuff they are getting into outside the main job is what drives the film. It really comes together as a series rolled into a film. Meaning you could probably vision this as a show that came on weekly back in the day dealing with some Candy Stripe Nurses. I wouldn’t call it the best acting I have ever seen on film, but the actresses are at least easy on the eyes and they do just fine in these typical roles with the typical plots. In between the plot and the nudity, the film does take time for some laughs, which helps a lot.
Night Call Nurses (1972)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
The sweet and perky Barbara, the sunny Janis, and the responsible Sandra are a trio of young and attractive nurses who work in the psych ward at a hospital. The threesome really have their hands full dealing with nutty patients, creepy stalkers, and black revolutionaries. This is the EARLY 70s, so you should probably expect a lot of this stuff now shouldn’t you? But fear not, the always reliable nudity for these nurse films is here as well.
Fallowing Candy Stripe Nurses isn’t a good thing for this film here. It lacks the charm and humor that that film seemed to have, even with it keeping the naughty side of things. On the surface you could say this film at least works as a paint by numbers guide on how to make a exploitation film of sorts about nurses. But this one does have a bit more of a urban feel to it with a “Foxy Brown” type subplot. Still, it just seemed a little too straight forward at times and that proved to be it’s down fall of sorts. It’s got nudity, it has some action, but it just doesn’t seem to do it well enough to get a great grade from me.
Private Duty Nurses (1971)
Director: George Armitage
A trio of beautiful private-duty nurses that practice more than the medical arts must confront underground drug traffickers, racism and murder in their local hospital. Doesn’t all these movies back working at a hospital seem just so fun, erotic, and exciting? I’m sad to report that none of my visits or stays in a hospital have led to me having sex with a nurse. Or having my ass kicked by one. However I am sure being around a few hot ones for long enough could lead to me trying to use my moves and having the later happen.
Having this be the third film of this nature I had seen, you kinda start to see that some of these are a whole lot alike. But this time around I will give credit to this one for having a very good look, especially in the film’s club scenes, where we get to hear some groovy sounds of the 70s. Regardless, our nurses work as..well..nurses, and soon they all end up in romantic situations and on their own little side story that makes up the film’s plot as a whole. This one came out a year before Night Call Nurses, but it’s about the same. Older fans will probably dig it most.
The Young Nurses (1973)
Director: Clint Kimbrough
Sexy young nurses apply special therapy in their daily rounds, as they work against a drug ring operating out of the hospital. As once again I am sure you are noticing that the best crime fighters in all the world are apparently nurses who like to show their goods, based in the 1970s. Not that I am complaining or anything, but after four of these films you do start to see a bit of a pattern besides just hot women getting naked and doing cool stuff, all the while being hard working nurses.
The Young Nurses keeps to the format, but it at least has started to learn at this point that a little more fun in with the typical can go a long way. There’s some hotter women and a little more action, that makes this one standout just a but more than at least the last two films. By this time if you’ve watched the last three films, you can kinda guess how this one will go and what will go down in it. But as I stated here, it’s a lot more wink wink and fun than the last two. Still doesn’t top the first film on the set.
This set is overall a little light on features, keeping with just some interviews. But you do get four movies, so I don’t think any will complain much. Especially not if you have a soft spot for films like this.