Candy Stripe Nurses
(1974) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
Scoop's comments in white:
By the time Roger Corman got to his fifth and final
"Nurse" movie, he had made a major advancement in the genre. The DVD
"Along the way, I decided that focusing on three
girls, instead of the earlier films' four, made for a better
When future film historians point to the key
advances in cinema, they will have to cite the following as the Big
- Muybridge demonstrates the first projected motion
- Edison debuts his Vitascope
- Sound added
- Color added
- Widescreen techniques perfected
- Deep focus perfected
- Corman perfects the nurse formula
Like just about every Roger Corman movie, or so it
seems, Candy Stripe Nurses features the immortal Dick Miller (right)
in a small speaking role. Usually a sleazebag salesman, a lazy cop, or
some other obnoxious guy, Miller had about four lines in this film, in
the much sought-after role of "spectator" at a basketball game. He
delivered highly nuanced lines like "you suck, Gallagher" with great
relish, at least until Gallagher's girlfriend dumped popcorn on
I know you never heard of Dick
Miller, but you can't tell me you don't know his face. He has
130 acting credits
at IMDb. That compares to 142 for Gerard Depardieu, 157 for
Marcello Mastroianni, and 135 for Michael Caine, just to show you
which league Miller plays in.
Tuna's comments in yellow:
Candy Stripe Nurses is the 5th and last in the Roger
Corman "nurses" series, in which he switched the formula from four
girls to three, and took much of the action outside the hospital.
The best way to explain the plot is probably to talk
about the three women.
- Candice Rialson is rather lose and free. At the
start of the film, we see her in a linen closet with a doctor. Later,
she is in a bath scene at home, obviously her mother's pride and joy.
She also has sex with a patient, and nearly acts as sex surrogate to a
rock star she had a crush on.
- Robin Mattson shows breasts and buns in
several extended scenes, with one nearly gynecological shot
from the rear.
- Candice Rialson shows breasts in good light
in three different scenes.
- Maria Rojo shows breasts in two scenes,
first, in a fantasy lovemaking session, and then during a rape
attempt while she is trying to hunt down the witness.
- Kimberly Hyde and Elana Casey show breast
and buns in minor roles.
- Robin Mattson is a serious student who plans on
being a doctor, and volunteers as a candy striper to gain experience
in a hospital. She ends up involved with a college basketball jock
who is being fed uppers by his team doctor to enhance his on-court
performance. She is best known for her work on soaps, such as
General Hospital, All My Children, and The Guiding Light.
- María Rojo plays a Chicana with a chip on her
shoulder, feeling that she has no chance, because the system keeps
her down. After a fight with a teacher, the principal punishes her
bay making her volunteer at the hospital. She meets a young man shot
during a gas station holdup, who is falsely accused of being one of
the robbers, and has the same defeatist attitudes she has. She
decides to find a missing witness to keep him out of jail. With 65
credits, including El Callejón de los milagros, De noche vienes,
Esmeralda and Crónica de un desayuno, she has had a huge career, but
most of it outside the United States.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C (Tuna) or C- (Scoop), assuming a genre of "low
budget nudie film".
The point of this film is to get lovely young
women out of their clothes, and it has technically
adequate exposure from some semi-famous, and some not so famous
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