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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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert W. Palmer
Julie Gregg ...
Susan Driscoll
Ellen Weston ...
Lorraine Palmer
Jack Grinnage ...
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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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 »


When Kolchak is viewing the two cars involved in the wreck, there is old rust visible on the damaged areas. The cars were obviously damaged longer than actually implied. See more »


Ron Updyke: [Kolchak's looking through a book of dog pictures] The Kolchak family album?
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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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