The Count of Monte Cristo-Easily my favorite TV movie that year. Richard Chamberlain, Tony Curtis and Louis Jourdan in a literate but old-fashioned swashbuckler.
The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped-Karen Valentine was finding post-ROOM 222 success in TV movies, here co-starring with Richard Long and Farrah Fawcett. Long, though, died later that year.
The Feminist and the Fuzz-Topical comedy with Barbara Eden, Julie Newmar and a pre GMA David Hartman.
The Missing Are Deadly-Leonard Nimoy and Ed Nelson in a tense story about an incurable virus about to be let loose.
Miles To Go Before I Sleep-Mackenzie Phillips and Martin Balsam bond in this Hallmark Hall of Fame film.
The Rookies-Pilot for the later TV series with Darren McGavin in the role later taken over by Gerald S. O'Laughlin.
Terror in the Sky-Doug McClure, Roddy McDowall and Leif Erickson in an AIRPORT-style thriller.
Roll, Freddy, Roll-Tim Conway should have been a big hit in TV movie comedies but it never happened. This one, though, was from the folks who brought you THAT GIRL.
A Cry For Help-Robert Culp as a DJ trying to prevent a caller's suicide. Probably a pilot.
Dead Man on the Run-Unsold pilot with a post MI Peter Graves a s government agent.
Strange Homecoming-A Hitchcock-style thriller with Robert Culp, Glen Campbell and a young Leif Garrett.
Nevada Smith-Pilot for Lorne Greene's short-lived post-Bonanaza western series, based on the Steve McQueen movie.
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe-Enjoyable western/comedy pilot with the above cast. Never sold in spite of three tries.
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return-Here's another try with a whole different cast top lining Dan Dailey feather than Buddy Ebsen.
Magnificent Thief-The padded out pilot for Robert Wagner's late sixties IT TAKES A THIEF TV series.
Longstreet-James Franciscus stars as a newly blind detective. The later series would feature Bruce Lee in a recurring role.
The Blue Knight-Lloyd Bridges was Joseph Wambaugh's beat cop in this gritty TV movie pilot.
The New Blue Knight-George Kennedy was slightly less gritty in this slightly less gritty second pilot which DID become a series.
Runaway-Disaster movie about a runaway train in the snow, starring Ben Johnson and Martin Milner.
All Creatures Great and Small-Simon Ward and Anthony Hopkins in the TV movie version of James Herriot's popular book about veterinarians. Not exactly a pilot but led to the long-running UK/PBS series a few years later.
Ellery Queen-Jim Hutton made an endearingly klutzy master detective in this pilot for one of the 70s best series.
Switch-Another pilot, this one for the semi-successful series about a con man and a detective pulling stings. Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner starred with future CAGNEY AND LACY star Sharon Gless.
The Canterville Ghost-This was a fun romp on the classic ghost comedy with David Niven, James Whitmore and Maurice Evans.
Congratulations It’s a Boy!-Bill Bixby and Diane Baker in an attempt at an edgy sitcom-style plot.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman-A terrible, shot on video rewrite of the 1966 Broadway musical with David Wilson as the worst Superman ever.
Adventures of the Queen-Robert Stack as the Captain of a luxury liner in a pilot that loos like it would have been a serious version of the later LOVE BOAT formula.
A Matter of Wife...and Death-Yet another pilot, this one with Rod Taylor as Burt Reynolds' SHAMUS character.
The Last Bride of Salem-Lois Nettleton and Bradford Dillman in one of many well-done supernatural dramas from this period.
A Girl Named Sooner-Highly-publicized film about a near-feral girl being raised by a middle-class couple played by Richard Crenna and Lee Remick.
The Legend of Lizzie Borden-Liz Montgomery's attention-getting post-BEWITCHED bio-project is still talked about!
Sarah T, Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic-Linda Blair's 2nd "teen in trouble picture"has probably her best performance.
Crossfire-James Farentino undercover as a dirty cop. A Quinn Martin pilot.
Hurricane-Larry Hagman and Martin Milner head a good cast of familiar TV faces as hurricane hunters. A pilot?
This Is the West That Was-Post ALIAS SMITH AND JONES Ben Murphy as Wild Bill Hickok.
Death Among Friends-A dull pilot with a woman detective played by Kate Reid, a London stage actress whom I was introduced to with this movie.
Death Cruise-A murder mystery at sea. Richard Long's final film.
Terror On the 40th Floor-a scaled down version of THE TOWERING INFERNO from the year before. John Forsythe stars.
The Last Child-a 1971 sci-fi drama with modern implications as a couple, including MOD SQUAD's Michael Cole, attempts to flee to Canada to avoid the US rule of only one child.
Strange New World-A pilot retooling the GENESIS TWO concept with John Saxon but without Gene Roddenberry.
The Forgotten Man-Dennis Weaver a s a returning POW whose friends and family have all died or left town.
It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy-Controversial black comedy about a worm raping a man, remembered by me chiefly as the first time I ever saw Paul Sorvino, a favorite ever since.
Betrayal-Jack Palance in the pilot to his short-lived cop series, BRONK.
The Barbary Coast-William Shatner and Dennis Cole in a WILD WILD WEST type western series about an undercover agent who's a master of disguise. For the later series, Doug McClure replaced Cole.
Matt Helm-Tony Franciosa had been fired from THE NAME OF THE GAME but bounced back here playing a mellower version of Dean Martin's big-screen super spy.
The Invisible Man-David McCallum starred in this pilot and its short-lived series before it was retooled for Ben Murphy.
Promise Him Anything-Totally forgettable sex comedy about a dating service leading to a lawsuit.
The Big Rip-Off-Tony Curtis heads a cast that includes Larry Hagman in one of many variations on THE STING from this period.
Swiss Family Robinson--Martin Milner as the father of the family stranded on an island both here and in a subsequent series.
Isn’t It Shocking?-From the director of WARGAMES and BLUE THUNDER, Alan Alda is a small town sheriff dealing with sudden deaths of senior citizens.
Smile Jenny, You’re Dead-The pilot for David Janssen's HARRY O private eye series, vaguely reminiscent of Travis McGee.
The Night Strangler-The often forgotten 2nd KOLCHAK pilot with Darren McGavin.
Dr. Cook’s Garden-a 1970 intellectual horror film with Bing Crosby wonderful, cast against type as a kindly old country doctor who deciders whether his patients get to live or die.
Gidget Grows Up-Karen Valentine is perfect as the former sitcom character now in more adult situations. Paul Lynde has a great role as well.
Katherine-The first time I ever saw Sissy Spacek was here as a Patty Hearst type. Art Carney and Henry Winkler co-star.
Three For the Road-Pilot to a short-lived series with the great Alex Rocco as the father of Leif Garrett and the almost ubiquitous Vince Van Patten.
Call Her Mom-Connie Stevens as the sexy young house mother for a fraternity. Smells like a failed pilot to me.
Sweet Hostage-My favorite Linda Blair film in which a manic Martin Sheen kidnaps a simple-minded country girl and tries to educate her in many ways.
The UFO Incident-Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones as Betty and Barney Hill who claimed to have been kidnapped by aliens.
Once Upon a Dead Man-Rock Hudson and Susan St James in the pilot for the long-running and above-average McMILLAN AND WIFE series.
Born Innocent-Linda Blair's controversial teenage girl delinquent gets gang-raped movie.
Conspiracy of Terror-A fun pilot with Michael Constantine and Barbara Rhodes as a mismatched married couple a la Nick and Nora Charles, here investigating satanic cults.
Ellery Queen: Don’t Look Behind You-An earlier, failed EQ pilot which has a great cast and is quite good once you get around the miscasting of Peter Lawford. Lawford's quite good here, mmd you. He's just not Ellery.
Murder On Flight 502-Yet another cast of familiar faces including Ralph Bellamy, Snny Bono and Farrah Fawcett (Majors) in yet another airplane thriller.
Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case-We saw this one at school. George Peppard as the real-life doctor accused of murdering his family.