|Candy Stripe Nurses (1974)|
|Starring:||Candice Rialson, Robin Mattson, and María Rojo|
|The Plot: Candy Stripe Nurses is a sex-comedy following three candy stripers at a local hospital. Marisa (María Rojo) is a young girl who follows her very own path, and usually angers the establishment while doing so. When she assaults a teacher at highschool, she is forced into the previously mentioned candy striper position. When she arrives at the hospital she meets a young Hispanic man who has been framed for a armed robbery. Although she is doubtful of his claims at first, she soon looks into the matter and finds out that he may be right. This of course leads her in an attempt tp try and clear his name and find the real culprits. Then we have Sandy (Candice Rialson), who eventually sidelines her doctor boyfriend in order to chase a rockstar who visits the hospital in order to find what ails his libido. Finally, we have Dianne (Robin Mattson) who has fallen in love with a young basketball player who was brought to the hospital after going into a violent fit of rage. It first appears that the young man is having some sort of fit brought on by head trauma, but after it comes out that he may have been under the influence of drugs, it becomes a matter of finding out who is covering up his drug use!|
Despite all of the sex flying around, this is indeed a comedy, and the humor is actually quite witty for this sort of affair. The dialogue is so much better than audiences might expect from a silly seventies-era sex comedy, and that remained one of the first things that drew me in about it. Despite the utter ridiculousness of Candy Stripe Nurses and its sexy shenanigans, the reason that the comedy works so well is because of the characters themselves. Although they might seem a bit over-the-top, they are given highly entertaining personalities. Despite the fact that some audiences will find some of these women a bit perplexing, they each have a rebellious wit that carries them through the movie. The intelligence can be felt and understood, and that goes a long way in forming an opinion about the movie. These films within the genre are cheap, but the cast and crew are so obviously involved in the joke that their enthusiasm becomes infectious. These actors know that this isn’t great cinema, but they still give it their all. Each character, of the main three cast members, are given the opportunity to shine and develop their individual stories. This is a trait that will be seen throughout the entire series on this set, but I particularly enjoyed the characters found in Candy Stripe Nurses. Each of the girls provides their own unique sexualized adventure, and each makes a three dimensional arch by the conclusion of the film. They inevitably discover something about themselves or the world around them. Formulaic stuff, but we have fun along the way!