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
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 ...
T.V. Announcer


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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15 November 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


The first automobile explosion is supposedly driven by one of Palmer's rivals. But the vehicle is a 1930s roadster with spoked wheels. Obvious use of antique footage. See more »


Ron Updyke: [Kolchak's looking through a book of dog pictures] The Kolchak family album?
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Remade as Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) See more »

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A politician who sold his soul to the Devil.....who would have thought?!
4 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" is about a politician who sold his soul to the Devil. In other words, it's pretty much the story of MOST politicians! However, to help pave the way to becoming state senator, he, in the form of a Rottweiler, scampers about killing off his political rivals. And, as the show develops, he seems to have a lot of rivals! This politician is named Robert Palmer--no, not THE Robert Palmer--just some evil guy played by Tom Skerritt. However, instead of trying to kill Kolchak, he first makes him an offer that is tough to refuse--a Pulitzer Prize and a cushy job on a New York paper!

This episode offered few surprises--Kolchak defeated evil and politicians are a pack of Satan-loving toadies. However, it was quite enjoyable--more so than average for the series.

By the way, in the episode you hear about a film on TV but no such film as "Musical Holiday" with Alice Faye and John Payne was ever made.

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