Private Duty Nurses
|Private Duty Nurses|
|Directed by||George Armitage|
|Produced by||George Armitage|
|Written by||George Armitage|
|Edited by||Alan Collins|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
Private Duty Nurses is a 1971 film written and directed by George Armitage. It is a sequel to The Student Nurses (1970) for New World Pictures. Roger Corman says they got the idea for the title after being sent a letter of complaint about the first film from the Private Duty Nurses Association.
The film was followed by Night Call Nurses (1972).
- Katherine Cannon as Spring
- Joyce Williams as Lola
- Pegi Boucher as Lynn
- Joseph Kaufmann as Dr. Selden
- Dennis Redfield as Domino
- Robert F. Simon as Dr. Sutton
- Morris Buchanan as Kirby
- Herbert Jefferson, Jr. as Dr. Elton
- Paul Hampton as Dewey
- Paul Gleason as Dr. McClintock
Peter Bogdanovich and Francis [Ford Coppola] had left working with Roger, so there was an opening there for directors, I asked him if I could direct, and he said sure. He said: “Would you like to do a nurse movie or a stewardess move?” I said I’d like to do a stewardess movie, and he said: “Okay, well then you can do the nurse movie.” Okay! Anyways, I got into it, and I wrote the script, and I got Everett Chambers, from Peyton Place, a crew of some TV guys that I’d worked with, and some young commercial crew. This fellow called Fouad Said had invented this thing called Cinemobile... and I used it to film on location. I did everything on location... I shot the whole movie in the South Bay, Manhattan Beach—it’s exactly the same place and time period that Paul Thomas Anderson used in Inherent Vice.
Armitage said the film had to feature sex but he put in a let-down sex scene at the beginning.
I was talking to the girls and they said: “Hey, why don’t you do a guy who’s just a lousy lay. Sometimes you run into that.” And I thought that’d be perfect for the South Bay, because it was a pretty crazy culture going on down there at the time, so that’s what we did.
Armitage heard about the band Sky, went to see them perform at a high school, and cast them in the film.
Armitage says Corman left him alone for most of the film.
He wanted us to do whatever we felt, what we were thinking of poetically, socially, culturally at the time. So I tried to look at it from a woman’s point-of-view, adding my own feelings about what was going on. Corman and I got along very well. I didn’t like the way Hollywood treated him—he was kind of an underdog and I loved the fact that he would just say, “Here, go make the movie.” He never came to the set, he totally allowed us to do what we were doing... And Private Duty Nurses was done in 15 days.
- Koetting, Christopher T (2009). Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures. Hemlock Books. p. 30.
- Pinkerton, Nick (28 April 2015). "Interview with George Armitage". Film Comment. Retrieved 23 August 2016.