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Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

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Series cast summary:
 Carl Kolchak (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 Tony Vincenzo (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 Ron Updyke (18 episodes, 1974-1975)
 Emily Cowles / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1975)


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,


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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 »


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Carl Kolchak: [voiceover] Buck Finemann, seventy two years old. Cantankerous old geezer. No-one liked him much, but they allowed him to play poker with them once a week because he was a terrible card player and had been known to lose as much as seventy five cents in a single evening.
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27 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just checked out the new ABC series clips. Not impressed, looks more like Fox's Millennium. I wish that a remake would be closer to the original. I think the shows success was due to Kolchaks "weakness" and his non-conformist ways. He wasn't good looking(couldn't sweet talk the ladies), no money(wore the same suit, drove the same crappy car), not athletic(I cant recall the number of times hes stumbled or tripped while being pursued) and he wasn't a young buck who could resort to a punch or a kick, no he was just a stumbling sometimes bumbling middle aged guy who thought outside of the box. My favorite episode was the one where the monster appeared as the person you trusted the most and Carl had to shot "Miss Emily" with the cross-bow. Oh well, there's always the Sci-Fi channel.

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