Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 7

The Devil's Platform (15 Nov. 1974)

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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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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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When Kolchak looks at the wrecked car and was told the driver survived, he replies "Lee Petty couldn't survive a crash like that!" Darren McGavin played Lee Petty in 43:The Richard Petty Story. See more »

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In the intro, when various rivals of Tom Skerritt are killed, the second victim is listed as sailing his yacht on Lake Michigan. Yet, the yacht flies a French flag, not a U.S. flag. See more »

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Tony Vincenzo: You know, I had once planned to enter the priesthood.
Carl Kolchak: And then the Inquisition ended and all the fun went out of it for you.
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devil dog
21 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this isn't my favorite episode of this great series, I have to give credit for a fairly original story, and a very good performance by a mutt who shall go nameless, and he was the real star here. Tom Skerritt was a tad annoying, but effective, as a politician named Robert Palmer(not the singer), who supposedly makes a deal with the devil to gain power, and murder anyone who opposes his rise to power. As usual, Tony doesn't see the connection that Kolchak finally does, but it eventually leads to a very good scene between Carl and Palmer at a satanic altar in Palmer's basement where Palmer offers the same type of deal; he promises Kolchak that he can get where and what he wants in the newspaper industry if he also makes the same deal as Palmer. I wish we could see how Palmer made his deal, as that would make for one creepy scene. In between, there's a couple car crashes and a freaky elevator crash, and the one common denominator is a strange dog that puzzles our hero.


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