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Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1: Episode 20 -- Kolchak fears that the creature guarding prehistoric eggs in an underground archive is responsible for the deaths of several people.


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13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
One man's quest to uncover the truth,
A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago. Full summary »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Definitely deserves a place in TV's "Hall of Fame" See more (71 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 28)

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)

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)
Color (Technicolor)
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Actor Richard Kiel, before he became best known as the killer "Jaws" in the James Bond movies, was cast in two episodes as the monster. He first appeared as the "Diablero" in "Bad Medicine" and later as the swamp monster in "The Spanish Moss Murders."See more »
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 »
Carl Kolchak:Son, I've seen more dead bodies than you've had TV dinners.See more »
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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Definitely deserves a place in TV's "Hall of Fame", 24 August 2003
Author: Bruce Corneil from Melbourne, Australia

One of my favorite shows back in the '70s. As I recall it went to air on Friday (or possibly Saturday)night on the Nine Network (?) here in Australia. Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland were great together.

Each episode usually reached a climax with Kolchack having to engage in hand to hand combat with some sort of supernatural opponent. To their credit, the writers made a concerted effort to get away from the usual round of vampires and ghosts as much as possible.

I remember one episode in which the adversary was the spirit of an ancient Indian Chief which/who 'came back' as a massive electrical current which started to kill people in a city hospital. The final showdown saw Kolchack trying to short circuit the 'power beast' amidst an explosion of sparks and billowing flames. Oh well .... you had to be there at the time but it was an interesting idea.

McGavin always packed a lot of energy and enthusiasm into his roles and this was one of his best.

Definitely deserves a place in TV's "Hall of Fame". To quote Tony Vincenzo .... 'Kolchack you are ON IT '... Or, in the case of the Hall of Fame,'IN it' !

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