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 ...
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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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15 November 1974 (USA)  »

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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 »


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 »


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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Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows
20 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kolchak (Darren McGavin) discovers a young rising politician (Tom Skerritt), has made a deal with the Devil (Rupert Murdoch) to murder off his competition through incidents made to look like accidents.

Having McGavin and Skerritt together in a single show is pretty awesome, with more greatness on one screen than I can usually handle. If nothing else, that would make this episode a winner. But it is actually more clever than that. Starting with the "politics makes strange bedfellows" adage, we can imagine a politician linking up with thugs, millionaires, unions or whoever they think might help them. We rarely (if ever) consider the idea of having Satan as your co-pilot.

This episode sort of anticipates "The Omen" (1976). While the concepts are different, they both involve the devil and politics. The connection is even stronger in the "Omen" sequels. Was this an inspiration?

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