This pilot film for a promising western series features a to-be-continued gimmick (the amnesiac hero's search for his identity) that would have ensured the show a decent run. Panicked by their star Robert Urich's cancer diagnosis, the producers scuttled the series, which combined "The
Fugitive" and "Branded" into adult western escapism with deeper psychological underpinnings than most hard-riding frontier adventures.
Buried alive, the Lazarus Man (Robert Urich) is found near death by young Davey Patchett (John Christian Graas) and his circumspect father, Nat Patchett (John Diehl), on All Hallow's Eve, 1865.
Nursed back to health by Nat's wife, Elizabeth (Eli...