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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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(79 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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Runtime:
51 min (20 episodes)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Darren McGavin and Dan Curtis both died in early 2006 just one month apart from each other.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:
Carl Kolchak:I promised I'd show up with a haircut, a new hat, and pressed suit... but I lie a lot.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead End (1985)See more »

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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
New TV series doesn't match the old..., 30 July 2005
Author: Steve Ressel from Clifford, ND

I was just looking over the new series made for ABC TV. Good god. I was just contemplating what a new series would be like, and then I find it...and I guessed right; watered down, fancy boy crud.

The old series of Night Stalker was a zeitgeist, about being a regular guy, trying to find the truth, which was always hidden by authorities. Much like the times, it had a soul that went to the heart of public feelings, while working in the frame genre of horror/suspense. But, instead of writing to connect the public to their inner feelings about society wrapped in entertainment, the new series is about black and white working together, hot and fancy, to find less then archetypal mysteries. Kolchak brought a pulpy sense of reality to light, and portrayed the seedy side of life without being moralistic. It was Columbo of the supernatural. It didn't create fanciful immorality, like the goth culture today, and it didn't put searing political statements all over. It tried to entertain. And it did. Hence the popularity through the years. Anyone, like myself, who saw this in their childhood remembers it today.

The new series is destined to be another watered down bastardization of brilliant TV.

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