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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:
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 The Red Right Hand (2001)See more »

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36 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Hero In An Old Straw Hat., 18 August 2006
Author: a_l_i_e_n from Canada

A brilliantly entertaining series that ran for a single shining season in the 1970's, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" concerned a Chicago reporter whose investigations invariably lead him into dangerous encounters with the paranormal.

Starring the incomparable (and irreplaceable) Darren McGavin, this smartly written show has been described by some as being "campy", and while a couple of episodes ("The Youth Killer" and the much more amusing "The Trevi Collection") may have strayed far enough into that territory to qualify as camp, this was actually a series with two distinct parts. Half of the show was a situation comedy (the scenes taking place in the INS office between Kolchak and Vincenzo were particularly amusing), and the other half was a straight-faced thriller that featured some genuinely frightening scenes of horror.

Quite a maverick among television shows of the day, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" noticeably parted company with established convention regarding what qualifies a character to fill the role of a hero. Common practice dictates that your basic TV good guy will be conventionally handsome, good with his fists and fearless in the sight of danger. Some are rich and reside in fabulously appointed surroundings and often find themselves the focus of unflagging admiration from a cheering section of supporting characters.

Then there's Carl Kolchak. A far sight from the usual male model-type lead, this average-looking guy doesn't work for a big league paper, but instead pounds away at his typewriter in a somewhat rundown news bureau office. He has no family and the only people who seem even remotely close to him are a gray-haired advice columnist and a short-tempered managing editor who's usually bellowing at him to drop his latest crazy story.

Also rare for a TV hero: he doesn't even carry a gun. In fact, when faced with danger, Carl sometimes runs away in stark raving terror.

Furthermore, he's generally reviled by public officials, and after vanquishing something evil from our midst, he never even gets any credit for having risked his neck.

Armed only with a camera, a tape recorder and his wits, Carl Kolchak certainly doesn't sound very formidable. And yet, somehow, this cynical, middle-aged news hound in a seersucker suit and beat-up straw hat is the greatest foe any vampire or blood-thirsty creature of the night ever came up against. Sure, he may not get that Pulitzer prize, but for his uncanny abilities at ridding the world of one monster after another, this unlikely hero surely ranks as one of the most unique and marvelously ironic characters in the history of television.

If you're interested, reviews of all 20 episodes can be found by clicking the a_l_i_e_n link above.

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