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The Disappearances 

Elizabeth is kidnapped, one of dozens of scientists held prisoner on the island of Felicitos, controlled by special mineral springs that render their victims completely happy and compliant.... See full summary »

Director:

Charles S. Dubin

Writers:

Luther Murdoch, Mayo Simon (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Patrick Duffy ... Mark Harris
Belinda Montgomery ... Dr. Elizabeth Merrill
Alan Fudge ... C.W. Crawford
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Baker Brian Baker ... Sub Navigator
Arthur Batanides Arthur Batanides ... Police Detective
Fred Beir ... Sub Captain
Darleen Carr ... Dr. Mary Smith
Jeff Chamberlain
Anson Downes ... Airlock Officer
Ric Drasin ... Minion
James Faracci ... Minion
Ivor Francis ... Dr. Medlow
Rick Goldman Rick Goldman ... Security Guard at dock
Ernie Hudson ... Minion
Julius LeFlore Julius LeFlore ... Minion
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Elizabeth is kidnapped, one of dozens of scientists held prisoner on the island of Felicitos, controlled by special mineral springs that render their victims completely happy and compliant. Dr. Smith is using them to build a rocket to take her away from our troubled planet in search of some better world, and Mark must find a way to counter the brain-washing and free the captives. Written by whatsitsgalore

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Island of kidnapped scientists
19 June 2013 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Dr. Merrill (Montgomery) is kidnapped and shipped to an island far far away. Mark (Duffy) and fellow workers at the Foundation for Oceanic Research deduce where she's being held and head into the super sub to save her. Turns out that Dr. Merrill, along with dozens of other scientists, has been kidnapped by a crazy scientist who dreams of whisking every one away to the stars and start a new utopia of sorts in space (since mankind has ruined everything on earth).

Sound familiar? Seems a bit like the Pilot episode? You bet! But it's not exactly Copy/Paste as this one doesn't need to go into Mark's origin and heads right on into some action. This is the final (4th) TV movie leading up to the series and it's actually to the most entertaining of the lot. It clocks in at 73 minutes and there's not a lot of lulls here as the film moves at a brisk pace.

It's a bit weird (with those shirtless body builders as guards for one) and a bit out-there with Dr. Merrill and Dr. Miller (Tigar) in constant euphoria due to some tainted water; but it's quite entertaining and delivers some well placed humor; quite unexpectedly. The sci-fi aspect feels a bit downplayed here (compared to movies 2 and 3) in favor of more pure adventure and I liked that.

Duffy is getting comfortable with his character and fares well.

Well; onto the series.


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