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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.
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Cast

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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One man's quest to uncover the truth, See more »


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Country:

USA

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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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The series was the inspiration for The X - Files. See more »

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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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Best Sci Fi/Horror of the 70's
1 October 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

In a decade which gave us Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, and...well, not much else, Night Stalker stands out as an oasis of quality horror/fantasy/science fiction in the 70's. Darren McGavin is at the top of his form in a series that splits its time about evenly between humor and horror. The only real problem with the series is the scripting, which varies from week to week in no perceivable pattern. An incredibly wretched episode like "The Energy Eater" will be followed by the series' best, "Horror in the Heights," the following week. Still, McGavin and the supporting cast are fun to watch, and you get the chance to laugh along with the writers as they both pay homage to and parody all those old horror movies.


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