Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 7

The Devil's Platform (15 Nov. 1974)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery
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Kolchak discovers a young rising politician, has made a deal with the Devil to murder off his competition through incidents made to look like accidents.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert W. Palmer
Julie Gregg ...
Susan Driscoll
Ellen Weston ...
Lorraine Palmer
John Myhers ...
James Talbot
Dr. Kline
William Mims ...
Officer Hale (as Bill Mims)
Park Policeman (as Robert Do Qui)
Stephan Wald
Bill Welsh ...
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An aspiring politician is surrounded by a series of deadly "accidents" that obliterate any opposition to his career, and Kolchak discovers a bizarre supernatural element to his campaign: a deal with the devil that affords him protection and allows him to change form into that of an ominous dog. Soon it's up to Kolchak to get him off the campaign trail once and for all. Written by acidxian

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Kolchak asks if he will be required to sign his name in blood, and Palmer ('Tom Skerrit') says yes. This is in keeping with the short story, 'The Devil & Daniel Webster', and the opera, Faust, where contractees with the Devil sign in blood when agreeing to sell their souls. See more »


During the attack in the park, Eucalyptus trees are visible in the background, which do not grow in the Chicago area. See more »


Tony Vincenzo: Well, I don't mind political exposés if the facts are there. But, Kolchak, why does our political exposé have to have a dog in it?
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Devilish Politician
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Carl Kolchak(Darren McGavin) investigates recent deaths surrounding a rising politician named Robert Palmer(played by Tom Skerritt) It seems that anyone who stands in the way or threatens him dies mysteriously, and Carl uncovers the sinister truth that Palmer has quite literally made a deal with dark forces to offer his soul in exchange for wealth and power, which includes the ability to shape-shift into a scary dog. Carl confronts Palmer with the truth, but will another truth about him corrupt our hero? Though the premise is unoriginal, the execution is first-rate, being most eerie and effective, with Skerritt portraying a soul-dead politician most believably!

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