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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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 »


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 »


Carl Kolchak: Tony! Tony, Palmer is evil incarnate! He's going to go all the way to the White House, to the Oval Office!
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Remade as Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) See more »

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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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