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Release Date:
11 January 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
McGavin, Wild Stories Made This A Fun TV Series See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak

Carol Lynley ... Gail Foster

Simon Oakland ... Vincenzo

Ralph Meeker ... Bernie Jenks

Claude Akins ... Sheriff Butcher

Charles McGraw ... Chief Masterson
Kent Smith ... D.A. Paine

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mickey Crawford

Stanley Adams ... Fred Hurley

Larry Linville ... Makurji

Jordan Rhodes ... Dr. O'Brien
Barry Atwater ... Janos Skorzeny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Faulkner ... Las Vegas Policeman (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Brandon (uncredited)

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Intern (uncredited)

Directed by
John Llewellyn Moxey 
 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (teleplay)

Jeffrey Grant Rice (story) (as Jeff Rice)

Max Hodge  uncredited

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert)
 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Desmond Marquette 
 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
 
Art Direction by
Trevor Williams 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price  (as Fred R. Price)
 
Makeup Department
Gae Clark Butler .... hair stylist (as Gae J. Clark)
Jerry Cash .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Neil T. Maffeo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Seitz .... assistant director (as Christopher H. Seitz)
 
Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... property master
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hendrik G. Wynands)
 
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Isbell .... key grip
Ralph McCarthy .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Cox .... costumer: women
John S. Perry .... costumer: men
 
Editorial Department
Mike Crumplar .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Frank Kulaga .... music recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mario Simon .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lily La Cava .... script supervisor
Robert Singer .... assistant: producer
 
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Runtime:
74 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:PG (1998 video re-issue) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG
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Trivia:
At the time of its original airing, it was the most widely viewed TV movie, with a 33.2 rating and a 54 share.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the construction site where the girl's body is found, Kolchak's car can be seen in the distant background, ready for the "cue" to come roaring forward. When he gets there, you can see the previous tire tracks where the scene has been rehearsed.See more »
Quotes:
Carl Kolchak:[singing] I'll take Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, too. Watch out you great big wonderful Big Apple, Kolchak's coming back. Yeah!See more »
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Who is Ben Hecht?
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How many times has Kolchak been fired from newspaper jobs?
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
McGavin, Wild Stories Made This A Fun TV Series, 14 June 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

For those who remember this television show, re-visiting it on VHS or DVD is a nostalgic experience. Darren McGavin was a likable, funny guy as "Carl Kolchak," a reporter for an independent news service who chases after vampires and assorted weirdos.

In this pilot show, "Kolchak" goes after a vampire in Las Vegas. Ah, a good place for any bloodsucker. Since this was on television back in the early-to-mid '70s, you see a thriller with no gore and no profanity and you also get to see the beautiful Carol Lynley's face again.

Darrin McGavin was an underrated actor, a guy who always seemed to make whatever character he was playing an interesting guy. He was great in this short (2 years, I think) television series.

The only annoying part of the this film and the TV series is all the hostility toward Kolchak, particularly by his loud and obnoxious employer, "Tony Vincenzo," played by Simon Oakland.

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