Candy Stripe Nurses

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Candy Stripe Nurses
Candy Stripe Nurses (1974) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlan Holleb
Written byAlan Holleb
Produced byJulie Corman
CinematographyRandall Robinson
Edited byAllan Holzman
Music byThompson & Tabor
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
  • September 25, 1974 (1974-09-25) (Los Angeles)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States

Candy Stripe Nurses is a 1974 American comedy film written and directed by Alan Holleb, and starring Candice Rialson. Produced and distributed by New World Pictures, it was the last in their popular "nurses cycle" of films that commenced with The Student Nurses (1970).[1]


Three high school girls work as volunteer candy stripe nurses at Oakwood Hospital. Free-loving Sandy (Candice Rialson) meets a famous rock star, Owen Boles (Kendrew Lascelles), and tries to cure him of his sexual problems. Uptight Dianne (Robin Mattson), who wants to be a doctor, has an affair with Cliff (Rod Haase), a star college basketball player who is being given speed by one of the hospital's doctors, and tries to expose the malpractice. Juvenile delinquent Marisa (Maria Rojo) has an affair with Carlos (Roger Cruz), who is falsely accused of taking part in a gas station hold up, and tries to prove his innocence.


  • Candice Rialson as Sandy
  • Robin Mattson as Dianne
  • María Rojo as Marisa
  • Roger Cruz as Carlos
  • Rod Haase as Cliff Gallagher
  • Richard Gates as Wally
  • Don Keefer as Dr. Wilson
  • Kendrew Lascelles as Owen Boles
  • Tara Strohmeier as Irene


Director Allan Holleb had recently graduated from UCLA. Julie Corman gave him the job on this film after being impressed by a short film he had made, Heavenly Star. Holleb later said "I found out they had taken a poll at a local high school. They sent someone out with a list of 30 or so titles and Candy Stripe Nurses got the most votes... They wanted a little social consciousness, a little romance, a little comedy and a little sex. Another requirement was they wanted a sex clinic. I don't know why!"[2]

Barbara Peeters was second unit director.[3]

The lead role when to Candice Rialson. "Candice just stood out," recalled Julie Corman. "It wasn't like we were down to the wire and needed someone at the last minute. We really wanted her from the beginning."[4]

A small role was given to Sally Kirkland who Holleb says was a friend of Julie Corman's who also worked on casting.[5]

The movie downplayed the political element that featured in earlier nurses films in favour of humour, although it was still there.[6]


The film was shot at a hospital in Burbank. Holleb says Julie Corman gave the board of directors an expurgated copy of the script under the title of Angels of Mercy to get permission.[7]

Holleb says the hospital was at 95% capacity during the shoot meaning there were frequent clashes between staff and crew. He says while shooting a scene in a linen closet with a topless Candice Rialson, someone from the linen service came in and saw her. Then an un-expurgated copy of the script was found and the unit was kicked out of the hospital. They had to move to another location, a former clinic, which did not match the original hospital. Holleb got the art director to put up a sign saying "this way to the new west wing" to justify the completely new look.[8]


The film was released on a double bill in some cities with The Swinging Cheerleaders.[9]

It was the last in the New World cycle of "nurse's pictures". Holleb later joked "I like to think I killed the genre."[10]

Diabolique magazine said that "Rialson is vivacious and cheerful, delivering comic lines with aplomb and seeming almost wholesome as she constantly takes her clothes and off hops into bed with various men – she makes nudity and sex appear like natural, clean fun, never sleazy; you only wish she had a better storyline."[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Candy Stripe Nurses by Joe Dante at Trailers From Hell
  2. ^ Bass p 28
  3. ^ Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 66
  4. ^ Bass p 28
  5. ^ Bass p 28
  6. ^ Ed. J. Philip di Franco, The Movie World of Roger Corman, Chelsea House Publishers, 1979 p 191
  7. ^ Bass p 28
  8. ^ Bass p 28
  9. ^ 'Swinging Cheerleaders' Little to Cheer About Gross, Linda. Los Angeles Times 27 Sep 1974: g15.
  10. ^ Bass p 28
  11. ^ Vagg, Stephen (November 26, 2019). "The Cinema of Exploitation Goddess Candice Rialson". Diabolique Magazine.


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