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The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984)

Marcus Welby is back, and he has a few problems. First he is trying to bridge the gap between an old friend of his who gave up practicing medicine in favor of being the hospital ... See full summary »


Alexander Singer


John McGreevey (screenplay), Michael Braverman (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Young ... Dr. Marcus Welby
Darren McGavin ... Dr. David Jennings
Morgan Stevens Morgan Stevens ... Dr. Matt Jennings
Elena Verdugo ... Consuelo Lopez
Dennis Haysbert ... Dr. Beaumont
Jessica Walter ... Astrid Carlisle
Yvonne Wilder
Joanna Kerns ... Pamela Saletta
Katherine De Hetre Katherine De Hetre
Bridgette Andersen ... Alison Lattimer
Cristina Raines ... Nicki St. Hilaire
Cyndi James Gossett Cyndi James Gossett ... Phaedra Beaumont (as Cyndi James-Reese)
Milt Kogan ... Perry McMasters
Robert Carnegie ... Dr. Ingram
Milt Oberman Milt Oberman ... Joel Silvers


Marcus Welby is back, and he has a few problems. First he is trying to bridge the gap between an old friend of his who gave up practicing medicine in favor of being the hospital administrator, and his son who is now a doctor and who is currently treating and romancing a woman who has kidney problems. And one of his patients an expectant mother is in an accident along with her husband and her husband dies. She blames Mark and is refusing to bond with her new baby. And the hospital that he has been serving faithfully for years is considering letting some of their elderly staff members go and Mark is on top of the list. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

16 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta de Marcus Welby See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Brolin, who played Dr. Stephen Kiley in the original series was not available to appear as he was starring in "Hotel" on ABC at the time. It is established in the film that Dr. Kiley is now working at a hospital in New York and is still married to Janet Blake (Pamela Hensley). A critical scene at the film's climax features a letter written by Dr. Kiley in support of Dr. Welby when he has to appear before a Review Board. See more »


Followed by Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair (1988) See more »

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So-So Reunion Film
2 April 2017 | by Eric-62-2See all my reviews

A decade after it left the air, Robert Young returned to the role of Marcus Welby in this reunion film of sorts. Elena Verdugo was back (but without much to do) but James Brolin's commitment to "Hotel" kept him from appearing (though Dr. Kiley is referenced in a key scene at the climax). The real purpose of this reunion though was to act as a backdoor pilot for a proposed new series with Darren McGavin and Morgan Stevens as a father-son doctor team in which Welby would act as the occasional guide in a supporting role. The proposed pilot didn't sell and just as well since while McGavin still shows he can be a commanding presence in his own right, Morgan Stevens as his son comes off as very annoying. The telemovie is devoted to their estranged relationship and how the events bring them together, and along the way we get Welby having to fight from being put out to pasture (Jessica Walter is totally wasted in a brief and thankless role as the head of the heartless conglomerate that wants Welby and other old doctors fired to save costs). In the end it's only a so-so follow-up to the series. Not bad but not memorable either and just as well the proposed follow-up series didn't happen.

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