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Director:
Writer:
David Chase (8 episodes)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
One man's quest to uncover the truth,
Plot:
A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago. Full summary »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(75 articles)
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Cast

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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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Series Directed by
Don Weis (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Allen Baron (4 episodes, 1974)
Alexander Grasshoff (3 episodes, 1974)
Don McDougall (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Writing credits
Jeffrey Grant Rice (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
David Chase (8 episodes, 1974-1975)
Rudolph Borchert (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Huff (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
L. Ford Neale (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bill S. Ballinger (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Arthur Rowe (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Dirk Wayne Summers (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Michael Kozoll (2 episodes, 1975)

Series Produced by
Cy Chermak .... producer (18 episodes, 1974-1975)
Darren McGavin .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1974)
Paul Playdon .... producer (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Original Music by
Jerry Fielding (13 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gil Melle (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert M. Leeds (10 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Elias (9 episodes, 1974-1975)
Anthony Redman (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
Larry Strong (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Howard Terrill (3 episodes, 1974)
Edward W. Williams (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Art Direction by
Raymond Beal (19 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robert George Freer (16 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Production Management
Ralph Sariego .... unit manager (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hawks .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1974-1975)
William Holbrook .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Art Department
Ron Greenwood .... assistant property master (5 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Sound Department
John K. Kean .... sound (19 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator (19 episodes, 1974-1975)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gary Baxley .... stunts (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Rivetti .... second assistant camera (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Jobe .... costumes (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gil Melle .... composer: theme music (15 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Other crew
David Chase .... story consultant (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Jack Cole .... title designer: main titles (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
 

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51 min (20 episodes)
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Color (Technicolor)
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The series was cancelled because Darren McGavin asked to be released from his contract. He became disappointed with the series' scripts and was exhausted from his uncredited producing duties. Three scripts were left unproduced. Two of them were adapted into a "Kolchak" series of comic books in 2003.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Jim Elkhorn:Macheminido. Er, he was called a bear God, Charles, and I don't really know why since he was invisible.See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Best Sci Fi/Horror of the 70's, 1 October 1998
Author: Gislef from Iowa City, IA

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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