CHILDREN OF THE LOTUS EATERS (TV) (1970 USA)
AKA "The Psychiatrist: God Bless the Children"
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Directed by Daryl Duke
Starring: Roy Thinnes, Pete Duel, Luther Adler
Genres: Drama, Drugs, Episodic, TV Pilot, Modcinema exclusive
95 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English
Pilot film for the brief TV series The Psychiatrist, which ran as part of Universal's Four in One drama wheel from 1970 to 1971. Roy Thinnes stars as progressive psychiatrist James Whitman, with Luther Adler as his conservative mentor, Dr. Bernard Altman. Whitman's particular specialty is the then-new group therapy method, which he utilizes on a cluster of disturbed children and teenagers. The performances are better than the dialogue, which leans towards Tract. Written by Columbo duo Richard Levinson & William Link, Children of the Lotus Eaters (also known as The Psychiatrist: God Bless the Children) aired on December 14, 1970.