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The Knightly Murders 

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:
Roger, Coat of Arms Dealer
Ron Updyke
Pop Stenvold
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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When the knight kills the ward captain, watch the crossbow bolt: it dips immediately after release, indicating that the bow's torsion is low. See more »


Tony Vincenzo: Now, Carl, look. You were supposed to be covering, among other things, the death of Brewster Hocking of Chicago of the 20th century. Now, as I read your notes here, you're trying to pin this killing, and several others, on a 12th century French knight.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Fright Knight
10 November 2014 | by 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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