Classic Cinema: Doctor Strange (1978) – Jason S. Lockard


Our world has began to be inundated with comic book movies and tv shows. For comic book fans this is a dream come true. But there were time that comic books made it to the small screen before. Over the next few months we are going to look back at some of those little known comic book movies from yesteryear.

In 1978 CBS ordered a pilot movie of Marvel’s sorcerer supreme Doctor Strange created by Steve Ditko. Philip DeGuere wrote and directed the film with Stan Lee serving as a consultant. So on September 6th from 8pm to 10pm.

In the film we see Thomas Lindmer, a world-weary sorcerer, foresees the return of his ancient adversary Morgan LeFey to Earth. LeFey had been granted dominance over men’s souls by The Nameless One. Realizing he no longer has the strength to fight her evil magic any more he decides to pass along the Guardianship of the Light onto a young psychiatry-resident, Dr. Stephen Strange.

The film was meant to be more than just a movie. The hopes was for the film to lead into a TV series for Marvel and CBS, but sadly the ratings were low. Mostly in part because it went up against the ratings juggernaut the mini-series Roots.

Doctor Strange gets a little bit of a bad wrap. The acting is ok the story is a bit slow getting started, but I enjoyed the film. I think people just didn’t want to give it a chance.

So do yourself a favor before the new Doctor Strange movie hist theaters check out the original Doctor Strange movie. You may just like. So until next month when we take another look at a classic comic book movie. This is Jason Lockard reminding you, if you want to see a good movie, check out a classic.
Moral Rating: Mild violence and scary images
Audience: Not Suitable for small children
Genre: Sci-fi fantasy
Length: 93 min.
Year of Release: 1978
Our Rating: B