|The Young Nurses (1973)|
|Writers:||Howard R. Cohen|
|Starring:||Jeane Manson, Ashley Porter and Angela Elayne Gibbs|
|The Plot: For its plot, The Young Nurses follows the same pattern that we have seen in all of the previously reviewed titles from Shout Factory’s Roger Corman nurses collection. We have three main female protagonists, and each one seems to get into her own wild adventures. In this story, we are introduced to three beautiful nurses, Michelle, Joann, and Kitty. The movie begins with Kitty (Jeane Manson) and Michelle sailing on the open waters, but apparently Kitty’s topless sunbathing can be seen as a health hazard, because fellow sailing aficionado Matt nearly drowns after hitting his head on a sail while staring at Kitty’s breasts. As Matt recuperates in the hospital, Kitty soon finds herself approaching a relationship with the young man, but the two run into some trouble when Matt’s father tries to intervene. Next up is Michelle (Angela Elayne Gibbs), who is an African American nurse trying to progress in her field while retaining her roots. When she stumbles upon a influx in narcotics that seem to be pouring out of the hospital system, she finds out that the conspiracy may go further than expected. Joann (Ashley Porter) is our final part of the equation, and she too is facing a political nightmare. As a young idealistic nurse, she finds that her dreams are being crushed by the system. She is continually accused of trying to pretend that she is a doctor, but this is only due to the bureaucracy of the hospital which has led to staff numbers being drastically cut. So, in order to save lives, Joann has been forced to make several quick decisions. Will she continue to work for a hospital that treats her abusively, or will she join her friend who runs an unlicensed medical clinic that is attempting to help and inform other women?|
Although the comedy is a key ingredient for a movie such as this one, there needs to be at least a little sleaze along the way. For instance, there are some interesting scenes where we watch as a group of girls use a speculum in order to give themselves their own gynecology exam. This makes for some very peculiar stuff. Such things are certainly exploitative, due to the lingering shots (that are not explicit, but are strategically blocked not to show anything), even though these scenes are not sexy in the least. Aside from the tiny exploitative moments, this movie certainly does deliver on the requisite nudity that is expected of the genre. While the girls are all sexy and do get considerably undressed during the film, most of this nudity isn’t exactly “hot” or passionate. It is almost all silly topless scenes that are played for fun. There is a physical therapy/hot tub sequence that borders on erotic, but most of this is shot from a very plain point of view. The biggest exception seems to come in the form of a drug induced orgy that Michelle (Angela Elayne Gibbs) is led into. The sequence may not feature much in the way of suggestive sexual movement, but it is one of the few times you will see pubic hair in these movies. As far as I am aware, Corman liked to stay away from full frontal as much as possible.