NIGHT CALL NURSES (1972)
Article 5110 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
Featuring Patty Byrne, Alana Stewart, Mittie Lawrence
What it is: Nurseploitation
Three nurses who work in a psychiatric hospital deal with patients, stalkers, and their love lives.
The fantastic aspects are slight. There’s a minor subplot involving a psychotic stalker to add a bit of horror to the proceedings, and we get to experience some of the strange hallucinations of a pill-popping truck driver for a bit of fantasy content. And that’s really about it for what is mostly a rather plotless drama about women getting into situations that often involve them appearing topless. What plot there is mostly involves a hospitalized black revolutionary who is being held captive at the hospital and the attempt to free him. It’s mostly forgettable mid-seventies drive-in fare, though first-time director Kaplan shows some skill in setting up some of the scenes. Most of the cast is unfamiliar to me, though two names I recognize are Tristram Coffin and (or course) Dick Miller.