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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The weapon used to kill Brewster Hawking, and described by Carl, is called a military flail. A mace is a wooden handled weapon topped by a knobbed or flanged metal ball. (Topped by a spiked ball, it is called a morning-star.) 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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Enchanted Knight
19 September 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

There's a spirited inhabited suit of medieval armor that's going around killing people with the weapons of war that were quite popular at a place like Agincourt. But it sure has the Chicago PD stumped including the urbane captain John Dehner assigned to this case.

Dehner has an unusual role here for a Kolchak episode. Usually the cops and Darren McGavin are natural born enemies. Here Dehner who has gotten a lot of good publicity in his younger days for solving some difficult cases has learned the value of publicity. Basically Dehner and McGavin use each other here.

The suit of armor normally resides at a little known museum of the medieval period that Hans Conreid is the caretaker. Some folks have gotten control of it and want to put in a restaurant/disco in the place. The spirit of the armor who was a black knight who dabbed in the black arts and he doesn't want to be disturbed by strains of the BeeGees.

Heroes come in strange places and it's only a holy axe blessed by the pope who defeat this animated armor. You have to see how it is done.

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