Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 6

Firefall (8 Nov. 1974)

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Kolchak discovers the murdered spirit of a gangster is incinerating his former enemies, and is trying to take over the body of a music conductor.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Fred Beir ...
Ryder Bond
Sgt. Mayer
Madlyn Rhue ...
Virginia Vincent ...
Mrs. Markoff
Alice Backes ...
Mrs. Shropell
Lenore Kasdorf ...
Joshua Shelley ...
Carol Veazie ...
Mrs. Sherman
Patricia Estrin ...
Felicia Porter


Kolchak looks into several instances of spontaneous combustion, where the victims were suddenly incinerated as they dozed. He finds that the apparition of a renowned orchestra conductor was spotted at the scenes of the crimes, but the catch is that the conductor isn't dead. With the help of a gypsy, Kolchak learns that a vengeful ghost known as a "doppelganger" is at work, impersonating the conductor in an attempt to take over his life. When Kolchak himself is marked for incineration, he must avoid falling asleep until he can stop the ghost once and for all. Written by acidxian

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Kolchak must exhume a grave in the course of the story, and his voice-over narration explains that he must do this alone because he has nobody he can ask to help do such a thing. However, the brief clip of him standing inside the half-dug grave clearly shows him illuminated by several flashlight beams. The footage is recycled from an earlier episode, "The Zombie". See more »


Carl Kolchak: What happened to Mason?
Sgt. Mayer: Isn't it obvious? The guy was smoking in bed.
Carl Kolchak: I didn't see any ashtrays.
Sgt. Mayer: That's his problem.
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Edited into Crackle of Death (1974) See more »

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solid episode
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This is one of the better and more memorable segments from this great, but too short series. There is an interesting plot about a music conductor possessed by a low life murdered arsonist. Some advice for those in a hurry, never cut in front of a driving funeral procession; you may have an angry ghost following you and burning those close to you. Credit to the original idea for this innovative episode, and major credit for the chemistry between Kolchak and Tony Vincenzo, who are at each other's throats once again. The actual killings aren't particularly memorable, but everything else about this segment is quite innovative and fun, especially the scene in the church. I wonder how Kolchak dug up the victim's body without getting dirty? That's television, I guess.

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