Honestly, the '70s Doctor Strange TV Movie Looks No Less Ridiculous Than the Current One

I would give my left arm to see Bandersnatch Cabriolet dress like this. (Universal/CBS)
I would give my left arm to see Bandersnatch Cabriolet dress like this. (Universal/CBS)

If the Doctor Strange movie coming out this week is half as ridiculous as this 1978 made-for-TV production was, it’s gonna be a good trip to the theaters. It’s well past time for Marvel to embrace the cheese.


I do not know what I like best about this thing. Is it Strange’s facial hair? Is it Jessica Walter as Morgan LeFay, casting so perfect I’m pissed it was wasted on this? Is it the inexplicable choice to replace “Sorcerer Supreme” with “Last Sorcerer?” Is it the references to the “Fourth Dimension?”

Is it the Art Nouveau font they used for the title in? It might be the cover for the VHS:

Her. Face.  (Universal/CBS)
Her. Face. (Universal/CBS)

In 1978, CBS apparently thought that Dr. Strange was going to be the next Incredible Hulk and made this TV movie as a backdoor pilot. It clearly went nowhere, or Marvel wouldn’t have spent a lot of this past year explaining who the hell Stephen Strange is. But, oh, what could have been.

[via Cinema Blend]

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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Angrier Geek

I loved this as a kid (still have a VHS copy somewhere). Though my mom had to talk me down because I complained he wasn’t the jerk pre-powers that he was in the comics. She wisely told me they couldn’t “sell that” on TV.

And I trust we’ll be covering Dr. Mordrid before the end of the week? The movie that actually was Dr. Strange before they lost the rights while filming! Yvette Nipal!