Kolchak: The Night Stalker (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.
One man's quest to uncover the truth,
Title: Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Release Date: September 13, 1974
Runtime: 51 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Buried.com Rating: 9.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With K
MPAA Rating: 13
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 /
Paul Baxley ...Cop in Alley /
Craig R. Baxley ...Mr. R.I.N.G. /
John Fiedler ...Gordon Spangler /
Carol Ann Susi ...Monique Marmelstein (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Don Mantooth ...Policeman /
Dennis McCarthy ...Ballistics Man /
Keith Walker ...1st Reporter /
Bill Deiz ...2nd Reporter /
Chuck Waters ...Jerry /
Ramon Bieri ...Captain Joe Baker /
Keenan Wynn ...Capt. Joe 'Mad Dog' Siska /
Richard Kiel ...The Diablero /
Ned Glass ...Jo /
Vince Howard ...Policeman (2 episodes, 1975)
Alyscia Maxwell ...3rd Reporter /
Mickey Gilbert ...Nanautzin, the Mummy /
Bruce Powers ...First Policeman /
Hunter von Leer ...Don Rhiner /
Scott Douglas ...Major Taylor /
Gary Baxley ...Humanoid /
Jimmy Joyce ...George, Second Watchman /
Bob Golden ...Detective Tackwood /
More Movie Taglines:
- One man's quest to uncover the truth,
- Carl Kolchak: F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "The rich are different than you and me." They sure are. They got more money.
Carl Kolchak: I promised I'd show up with a haircut, a new hat, and pressed suit... but I lie a lot.
Carl Kolchak: Is there anybody important here? Receptionist: No, just reporters.
Carl Kolchak: There's two things that just can't be rushed - anyone who is paid by the hour, and an office-building elevator.
Carl Kolchak: We all have rats, sir. You should see the one I work for.
- Darren McGavin is often incorrectly considered to be, and listed in many official references guides, as the show's Executive Producer. In fact, he never held the position, although he unofficially assumed many of the duties. This put him at odds with Paul Playdon and then Cy Chermak, the official producers appointed by Universal.
Producer Dan Curtis and screenwriter Richard Matheson were both approached by Universal to work on the series. Although they had worked on the original made-for-TV movies, they both turned down the offer.
Actress Ruth McDevitt not only plays columnist Miss Emily in the latter episodes (the character is on vacation early on), but she appears as an elderly Peeping Tom in the first episode... who writes a letter to the Miss Emily column.
Ruth McDevitt's character is referred to variously throughout the series on-screen by various characters and in the cast lists as Emily Fenwick, Emily Cowels, and Edith Cowels. They eventually settled on the name "Emily Cowles." Her character's occupation also alternates between advice columnist, riddle feature writer, and crossword puzzle editor.
Actor Richard Kiel, before he became best known as the killer "Jaws" in the James Bond movies, was cast in two episodes as the monster. He first appeared as the "Diablero" in episode 8, "Bad Medicine" and later as "Peremalfait", the swamp monster, in episode 9 "The Spanish Moss Murders and as the robot in "R.I.N.G"."
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