The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel
|The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel|
|Written by||Michael Berk
|Directed by||Guy Green|
|Music by||Gerald Fried|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Ron Samuels|
|Producer(s)||Paul B. Radin|
|Editor(s)||G. Pat Clark|
|Running time||145 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Columbia Pictures Television|
|Original release||January 2, 1979|
The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel is a 1979 American made-for-television medical drama film directed by Guy Green, starring Lindsay Wagner and Jane Wyman (credited as Miss Jane Wyman) with a supporting cast including Andrew Duggan, Gary Lockwood, Brock Peters, John Reilly, Dorothy McGuire and James Woods. The film was originally broadcast on CBS on January 2, 1979.
Set in 1932, Meg Laurel (Lindsay Wagner), a bold-spirited doctor who graduates Harvard Medical School, gives up the comfort and security of her husband, home and practice in Boston. Her mission is to return to her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains and help the Appalachian people after she has learned modern medical techniques in the big city.
Meg's quest meets bitter opposition, however, by those unprepared to give up their antiquated ways for her miracle drugs. Administering medical aid to the residents of Eagle's Nest is a dramatic struggle as Meg becomes the rival of Granny Arrowroot (Jane Wyman), a local medicine woman who is not pleased with Meg's arrival and does not trust the modern science. Tragedy nears when one man's refusal to accept Meg's methods of doctoring for his ailing daughter almost brings ruin to Meg's plans and the death of his child.
- Lindsay Wagner - Meg Laurel
- Jane Wyman - Granny Arrowroot
- Andrew Duggan - Judge Adamson
- Gary Lockwood - Harley Moon
- Brock Peters - Joe
- John Reilly - Thom Laurel
- Charles Tyner - Doug Slocumb
- James Woods - Sin Eater
- Dorothy McGuire - Effie Webb
- Woodrow Parfrey - Messerschmidt
- Peggy Walton-Walker - Mrs. Slocumb
- Kath Soucie - Becca
- Tracey Gold - Laurie Mae Moon
On March 4, 2011, The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel was released on DVD in Region 1. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively in the US as part of the Sony Pictures Choice Collection in partnership with Warner Bros. online store.