Plans to turn a failing medieval museum into a party center animates the bewitched black armor of an infamously misanthropic knight.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Vernon Rausch
Mendel Boggs
Roger, Coat of Arms Dealer
Pop Stenvold
Minerva Musso
Charles, The Butler
Bruce Krause
Sgt. Buxbaum
Ed McCready ...
1st Reporter
Alyscia Maxwell ...
Freshman Reporter
Jim Drum ...
Leo J. Ramutka


The haunted armor of a brutal 12th century knight is making a habit out of executing certain persons responsible for the 'desecration' of its burial site - that is, anybody involved with the creation of a restaurant/disco in or near its resting place within a museum. Kolchak catches on when he happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnesses one of the murders with his own eyes. An ax that's been blessed by a pope is the only thing that will stop the spirited suit from venting its gruesome displeasure. Written by acidxian/revised by statmanjeff

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7 March 1975 (USA)  »

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While investigating the damaged telephone, Carl discovers it takes 420 psi to crush it. His research discovers that the knight's total weight is over 400 lbs. Assuming the knight put all of his weight on one foot, the total crushing pressure distributed over the surface area would be significantly less than 400 psi. See more »


Carl Kolchak: I'm, I'm sorry about this whole thing - I really am - but I did see that armor. Now, just... who was this Black Cross Knight? And where did this armor come from?
Mendel Boggs: I wouldn't give you another piece of information if you held me down and let a pack of rats run through my clothes willy-nilly.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Fright Knight
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Carl Kolchak(Darren McGavin) investigates the murders of people who were killed by implements associated with a knight, and when Carl witnesses this first hand, realizes that the spirit of a French Knight has indeed risen from its grave to inhabit its suit of armor from a museum, and kill all those associated with the building of a restaurant/disco at its burial place. Only the use of a blessed battle-Axe will have any effect on the knight, and Carl is the only one who can wield it... Plot is fun though derivative of the first episode of "Scooby Doo, Where Are You"! Helped by good guest acting by John Dehner and Hans Conried.

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