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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Madlyn Rhue ...
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Virginia Vincent ...
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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 »

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Carl Kolchak: Well, Mrs. Sherman, do you remember me? I'm with Sgt. Mayer.
Mrs. Sherman: Well, he certainly takes a dim view of you.
Carl Kolchak: Well, He's a little dimwitted anyway.
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Rather odd--even for a Kolchak episode!
4 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" has a very unusual plot--even for this series. It seems that a man has died and his spirit has left his body and assumed the shape of another--sort of a doppleganger. However, this doppleganger has a nasty habit of making people and things spontaneously combust! And, in the process of investigating, Kolchak ticks off the doppleganger and it's coming to kill him as soon as he falls asleep. How Kolchak rids the world of this evil being is pretty creepy--and amazingly easy...once he digs up a body!

All in all, despite being very unusual, it's a pretty typical style episode of the series. Vincenzo thinks Kolchak is a nut, Kolchak turns out to be right and ultimately he destroys the monster. An unusual but very usual sort of show! No better or worse.


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