Mandrake (1979 TV Movie)

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Simone Griffeth and Anthony Herrera (Nbc promo photo for Mandrake 1979 TV Movie)

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In 1978 King Features licensed "Mandrake the Magician" to Universal TV, which planed[1] to produce a two-hour movie for NBS. The show was planed to be a pilot for a proposed series.

(In 1978/1979, a 100 minutes Technicolor movie was filmed by Universal TV for the NBC network and casted during the "NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies" program released on 24 January 1979. )


A madman blackmails a roller coaster tycoon Arcadian after framing him as responsible for deaths on roller coasters. A covert agent (Robert Reed) has hypnotized a group of people into sabotaging various sites around the country when they receive the key words "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party".

Cast & Crew

Writing credits

  • Rick Husky


  • Harry Falk


  • Rick Husky
  • Rod Holcomb (associate producer)

Original Music

  • Morton Stevens


  • Vincent A. Martinelli

Film Editing

  • Frederic L. Knudtson (as Frederick L. Knudtson)
  • Edward W. Williams

Art Direction

  • John P. Bruce


  • Edmund Balin
  • Walter Kevan
  • Allan Hunt


  • Anthony Herrera as Mandrake
  • Simone Griffeth as Stacy
  • Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Lothar
  • Hank Brandt as Alec Gordon
  • Gretchen Corbett as Jennifer Lindsay
  • Peter Haskell as William Romero
  • Robert Reed as Arkadian
  • David Hooks as Dr. Malcolm Lindsay
  • Harry Blackstone Jr. as Dr. Nolan
  • James Hong as Theron
  • Sab Shimono as Ho
  • Donna Kei Benz as Cindy (as Donna Benz)
  • David Hollander as Young Mandrake
  • Allan Hunt as Walter Kevan
  • Joseph Mendez as Club Patron

Press annoucement / Dvd

Tempo Star Books

In 1979, in their Tempo Star Book series, Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, published a paperback - distributed by Ace Books - entitled "Mandrake the Magician", paperback based on the NBC-TV movie. The book was written by Howard Ashman.


  1. Adams, Val, "NBC to air 4 dramas on Indians", Daily News (New York, New York), 23 Mar 1978, p 101

External links

[1] YouTube: Clip Mandrake [2] YouTube: Full Tv Movie