Dr. Strange (1978 film)
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|Directed by||Philip DeGuere|
|Produced by||Alex Beaton
|Written by||Comic Book:
|Music by||Paul Chihara|
|Cinematography||Enzo A. Martinelli|
|Editing by||Christopher Nelson|
|Distributed by||MCA Home Video (VHS)|
|Running time||93 min.|
Dr. Strange is a made-for-TV movie based on the Marvel Comics fictional character Dr. Strange, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It was both directed and written by Philip DeGuere. Stan Lee served as a consultant on the film, which was created as a pilot for a proposed TV series.
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A young woman named Clea Lake becomes a pawn of the sorceress Morgan le Fay. The primary defender of our world against threats of a magical nature, the Sorcerer Supreme, is presently a man named Thomas Lindmer. He and his pupil and friend, Wong, contact a psychiatrist named Stephen Strange, who is the heir to his father's potential to become Lindmer's disciple and the next Sorcerer Supreme. Strange bears his father's magical ring as a sign of this, and he has already sensed something wrong, but does not recognize the importance of these feelings of apprehension. Lindmer must convince Strange of the reality of the mystical world wherein the battle between good and evil is played out on a magical level, all unbeknownst to the mundane world, to save Clea and thwart Morgan's plans.
- Peter Hooten as Dr. Stephen Strange
- Clyde Kusatsu as Wong
- Jessica Walter as Morgan Le Fay
- Eddie Benton as Clea Lake
- Philip Sterling as Dr. Frank Taylor
- John Mills as Thomas Lindmer
- June Barrett as Sarah
- Sarah Rush as Nurse
- Diana Webster as Head Nurse
- Bob Delegall as Intern
- Larry Anderson as Magician
- Blake Marion as Department Chief
- Lady Rowlands as Mrs. Sullivan
- Inez Pedroza as Announcer
- Michael Clark as Taxi Driver
- Frank Catalano as Orderly
- Michael Ansara as Ancient One (voice, uncredited)
- Ted Cassidy as Demon Balzaroth (voice, uncredited)
- David Hooks as The Nameless One (uncredited)
In an interview found in the January 1985 issue of Comics Feature magazine, Stan Lee recounted largely positive experiences working on Doctor Strange, especially compared with the other live-action Marvel Comics adaptations under the publisher's development deal with CBS and Universal in the late 1970s:
I probably had the most input into that one. I've become good friends with the writer/producer Phil DeGuere. I was pleased with Dr. Strange and The [Incredible] Hulk. I think that Dr. Strange would have done much better than it did in the ratings except that it aired opposite Roots. Those are the only experiences I've had with live action television. Dr. Strange and the Hulk were fine. Captain America was a bit [of a] disappointment and Spider-Man was a total nightmare.
- "MARVEL IN THE 1970'S: DR STRANGE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2011-10-06.
- Comics Feature. Issue 33A. January 1985. "A Talk With The Man, Stan Lee" pp. 40.