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Kolchak: The Night Stalker 

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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.
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1975   1974  
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Series cast summary:
Darren McGavin ...  Carl Kolchak 20 episodes, 1974-1975
Simon Oakland ...  Tony Vincenzo 20 episodes, 1974-1975
Jack Grinnage ...  Ron Updyke 18 episodes, 1974-1975
Ruth McDevitt ...  Emily Cowles / ... 12 episodes, 1974-1975
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Carl Kolchak was a reporter for Chicago's Independent News Service, and a trouble magnet for situations involving the supernatural. Kolchak turned his investigative skills to vampires, werewolves, zombies and all manner of legendary creatures, but in the end he always failed to convince his skeptical editor, Tony Vincenzo, that the stories weren't products of Kolchak's own overworked imagination. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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(20 episodes)

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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4:3
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Episode 1.15, "Chopper", is the first script that Robert Zemeckis (co-writing with frequent collaborator Bob Gale) sold in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

Many of the stories take place in the winter months, but there is never any snow, and even if there was no snow, it is highly unlikely one would be driving a convertible with the top down during the winter months in Chicago. See more »

Quotes

Carl Kolchak: [about Updyke] He's persona non grata down the library.
Tony Vincenzo: He's what?
Carl Kolchak: Yeah, yeah. You see, he, he takes books out. He's got half the books in the library out and they're all over due. As a matter of fact, they've got a warrant out for his arrest.
Tony Vincenzo: Well, that's not like Ron.
Carl Kolchak: Oh, I know. I know. I was terribly disturbed about it when I heard it. I don't know, it must be some kind of er, deep-seated illness, a compulsion of sorts, a Biblio... philiac.
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Yeah, old Carl was the real McCoy!
1 June 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Absolutely at the top of the TV horror tree. Up there with THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE OUTER LIMITS. Whats happenening these days? "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch", "Buffy?" "Charmed?"...Jeez, give me a break!

Darren McGavin absolutely made this his own - one of the most under-rated actors in history. His verbals with boss Vincenzo (Simon Oakland) were legendary. You KNEW Vincenzo loved him like a brother! Each week a new monster/creature of the night and each week, crucifix, silver bullet or just plain insult, Kolchak had the "beast of the week" under wraps before you could say "Bela Lugosi". You just KNEW it was safe to go outside again.

OK, so it tended towards the "campy" sometimes? sheesh, this was 1974 for God's sakes! This show ruled and if you are unfortunate enough to be less than 40, then bad luck!


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