MILL CREEK DRIVE-IN MOVIE CLASSICS: The Lazarus Syndrome (1979)

First off, I’d like to call out the person who posted the American Playhouse episode “Displaced Person” on YouTube and said that it was The Lazarus Syndrome. Obviously, you’re racist and think that Sam “Detective Sapir” Shaw is Louis Gossett Jr. That said, it was the story of a black kid who grew up and thought he was German and the army unit that saved him which included Matt “Max Headroom” Frewer and it won an Emmy.

This is not the made for TV movie that I was looking for.

I mean, a Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novel adaption? I’m awake all night looking for hard video drugs like Mattei WIP movies and Eastern bloc films about spiders copulating with virginal villagers, not things that are going to teach me how to be a better person.

Now I have to watch The Lazarus Syndrome.

The real The Lazarus Syndrome is a 1979 American made-for-television thriller directed by Jerry Thorpe that launched a weekly ABC series that lasted all of four episodes.

Starring E.G. Marshall as Dr. Mendel and Louis Gossett Jr. as Dr. MacArthur St. Clair, this was written by William Blinn, who also developed the TV shows The InternsThe RookiesEight is Enough and Starsky and Hutch. He also wrote Roots for television and Purple Rain, so the guy has a resume and a half, right?

Sadly, it doesn’t show here. The focus is on the then hot news of hospitals becoming big business and nobody wants to be reminded of this today. Man, Mill Creek, you decide to put the weirdest stuff on these sets. Who wanted to see a TV pilot that went nowhere other than me? Am I your target audience?

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