4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Mandrake

In 1934, Lee Falk created Mandrake the Magician, arguably the first comics superhero. In 1979, the guy who created T.J. Hooker wrote and produced a TV movie starring the character that is, well, pretty dreadful, though Robert Reed does have a truly fine mustache. The great superhero movie rewatch looks at Mandrake.

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However, the biggest issue with this movie is the disastrous casting of Anthony Herrera, who has absolutely no charisma whatsoever. Mandrake is supposed to be a performer, but all his magic act serves to do is put the viewer to sleep. He has no stage presence, no spark, no verve, no nothing. His “romance” with Jennifer is laughably absurd.

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