Doc Elliot

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Doc Elliot
GenreMedical drama
Created byAllen S. Epstein
Developed byLewis John Carlino
StarringJames Franciscus
Theme music composerMarvin Hamlisch
ComposerEarl Hagen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesCorsican Productions
Lorimar Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 10, 1973 (1973-10-10) –
May 1, 1974 (1974-05-01)

Doc Elliot is an American medical drama series that aired on ABC from October 10, 1973 until May 1, 1974.


Dr Benjamin R. Elliot (James Franciscus) is a successful New York City doctor who decided to leave Bellevue Hospital, drop out of the big-city rat race, and take on a new job as a doctor in Gideon, in the backwoods of southern Colorado. Most of his house calls had to be made via plane or four-wheel drive vehicles as his practice covered over 600 square miles. Mags Brimble (Neva Patterson) is the widow of the former town’s doctor, who became Elliot’s helper. Barney Weeks (Noah Beery) owns the town’s general store. Eldred McCoy (Bo Hopkins) works as a bush pilot.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
TBA"Pilot"Robert ButlerLewis John CarlinoMarch 5, 1973 (1973-03-05)

Urban physician Doc Elliot relocates to a rural area to enjoy a less hectic life. One of his first patients is a young man suffering from depression, because he feels responsible for the accident that maimed his older brother.

Guest stars: Joe Don Baker, Jim Antonio, Perry Lopez and Verna Bloom.
1"And All Ye Need to Know"Robert TottenSandor SternOctober 10, 1973 (1973-10-10)

Doc Elliot treats Jenny (played by Meredith Baxter), a blind woman who is very dependent on her reclusive husband. When Ben suggests an operation that will restore Jenny's eyesight, her spouse opposes the procedure, fearing that his wife will leave him.

Guest stars: Woodrow Chambliss, William Mims and Mills Watson.
2"A Man of Importance"Harry HarrisCharles McDanielNovember 3, 1973 (1973-11-03)

Paul Bartlett (Will Geer) is an eccentric elderly man who owns valuable property that others covet. He is determined to have grandson Jamie (Leif Garrett) inherit it, but his behavior leaves his sanity in question. Doc Elliott is asked to sign off to have him committed.

Guest stars: Leonard Stone, Russell Thorson and George DiCenzo.
3"The Touch of God"Robert TottenAnthony LawrenceJanuary 23, 1974 (1974-01-23)

Doc Elliot finds himself challenged when his patients turn to a faith healer for their illnesses. Ben's years of medical training are at odds with the community's spiritual beliefs.

Guest stars: Royal Dano, Tyne Daly, Gail Bonney and Ford Rainey.
4"No Place to Go"Daniel HallerWalter BlackJanuary 30, 1974 (1974-01-30)

A car accident victim turns out to be a young man on the run from the law, who forces Doc to drive him to Mexico.

Guest stars: John David Carson, Kathleen Cody, Maggie Malooly and R.L. Armstrong.
5"A Small Hand of Friendship"Robert TottenAlan SavageFebruary 6, 1974 (1974-02-06)

One of Ben's patients is Bonnie Ames (Beverly Garland), an unmarried schoolteacher. After learning she is pregnant, she knows the community will pressure her to quit her job. Doc Elliot vows to stand behind her during this difficult time.

Guest stars: Clint Howard, Dee Carroll, Leonard Stone and John Mitchum.
6"The Runner"Edward M. AbromsRichard CarrFebruary 13, 1974 (1974-02-13)

Doc Elliot sees a young man who doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps as a bronco-buster. The patient, named Gary (Sam Bottoms) has over-exerted himself by constantly running. Doc soon learns that Gary's father Stuart (Morgan Woodward) is very disapproving and rigid; consequently, Gary 'escapes' by running.

Guest star: Harry Carey Jr.
7"The Carrier"Harry HarrisJohn McGreeveyFebruary 20, 1974 (1974-02-20)

Cases of typhoid begin occurring in the small community and Doc looks for the source. His investigation leads him to a young couple who are intent on keeping a secret.

Guest stars: Heather North, Anthony Geary, John Lupton, Jeanne Cooper and Lonny Chapman.
8"A Time to Live"James SheldonWalter BlackFebruary 27, 1974 (1974-02-27)

Lee Barrows (Sam Elliott) learns he has leukemia and returns to the town where he grew up, to die by himself. Doc Elliot counsels Lee and his wife Pamela (Katherine Justice) about different options, while trying to make the dying man comfortable.

Guest star: John Mitchum
9"A Time to Grow"Harry HarrisSandor SternMarch 6, 1974 (1974-03-06)

Samantha Wells (Susan Brown) is a well-known New York actress who has relocated to Colorado to improve her son's asthma. Her son, Robert (Brandon Cruz), chafes because of the many restrictions but finds an ally in Doc Elliot who helps his mother better understand his condition.

Guest stars: Ike Eisenmann, Kathrine Baumann, Sally Kemp and Victor Kilian.
10"The Gold Mine"Robert TottenStory by : John Kingsbridge
Teleplay by : Sandor Stern & John Kingsbridge
March 13, 1974 (1974-03-13)

Emma Johnson (Edith Atwater) is anxious to keep her gold mine, because the men that work in it frequently fall ill and are getting old. Unfortunately, they've been unable to extract enough gold to pay the debts or even the payroll. Desperate to find a new vein, the miners resort to stealing supplies and creating an unsafe new tunnel.

Guest stars: Merle Haggard, Hoke Howell, Ken Mayer, Heidi Vaughn and Karl Swenson.
11"Survival"Harry HarrisRobert EarllMarch 27, 1974 (1974-03-27)

Doc and his companions are stuck in the wilderness after a plane crash.

Guest stars: John Ericson, Kathrine Baumann, Phillip Pine, Harry Hauss and Christine Belford.
12"Things That Might Have Been"James SheldonSkip WebsterApril 3, 1974 (1974-04-03)

The father of a young woman with facial scars is reluctant to allow her to have reconstructive surgery.

Guest stars: Joan Blackman, Lane Bradbury, Tim O'Connor and Stuart Nisbet.
13"The Brothers"James BrownDon IngallsApril 10, 1974 (1974-04-10)

A carefree Native American youth crashes his speeding motorcycle, seriously injuring his brother who was riding with him. In sorrow, the youth goes into the mountains to offer himself as sacrifice for his brother's health. Doc Elliot finds the youth near death from exposure.

Guest stars: Victor Mohica, Cal Bellini, Howard Platt and Victoria Racimo.
14"The Pharmacist"Sandor SternStory by : Sandor Stern & Gerri Chuchian
Teleplay by : Sandor Stern
May 1, 1974 (1974-05-01)

Doc Elliott must convince pharmacist Gus Turners (Paul Fix) that his age no longer allows him to do his job properly.

Guest stars: John Karlen, Rutanya Alda, Jordan Rhodes and Mitch Vogel.


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