Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 1

The Ripper (13 Sep. 1974)

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When a rash of serial murders suddenly begins in the Chicago area, Kolchak establishes a similarity between the new killings and the murders committed by Jack The Ripper. The killer soon ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Beatrice Colen ...
Jane Plumm
Elderly Woman
Jack Grinnage ...
Capt. Warren
Masseuse (as Marya Small)
Don Mantooth ...
Policeman (as Donald Mantooth)
Rob Berger ...
Mail Boy (as Robert Bryan Berger)
Roberta Collins ...
Det. Cortazzo
Clint Young ...
Mickey Gilbert ...


When a rash of serial murders suddenly begins in the Chicago area, Kolchak establishes a similarity between the new killings and the murders committed by Jack The Ripper. The killer soon reveals himself to possess superhuman characteristics, and Kolchak suspects that they may be dealing with the original Ripper after all. Written by acidxian

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Though actress Ruth McDevitt is credited only as "Elderly Woman", her character is actually given a name in dialogue - Miss Eggenweiller (no spelling shown) Ruth McDevitt would later join the regular cast as "Miss Emily Cowles", the columnist to whom "Miss Eggenweiller" had written in this episode. See more »


During the battle between the Ripper and the Chicago Police Tactical Squad at the construction site, when the officers on the ground shoot at the Ripper up on the first level, the police officers on that level are clearly in the line of fire. See more »


Carl Kolchak: For once be a cop instead of an ostrich!
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The very first of the series...sort of.
30 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of the short-lived series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker", but it marks the third of Darren McGavin as the title character. This is because the show had previously been two made for TV movies--"The Night Stalker" and "The Night Strangler". The first film was set in Las Vegas, the second in Seattle and now the series is set in Chicago--all because Kolchak cannot hold down a job!

"The Ripper", not surprisingly is about Jack the Ripper. Murders similar to the old Jack the Ripper murders take place and they are so similar Kolchak wonders if perhaps this killer is somehow still alive--though it would make him well over a hundred years old. Additionally, this guy, whoever he is, has incredible strength and bullets don't seem to harm him. But, as always, Kolchak is in the doghouse with Vincenzo (Simon Oakland)--and he's been assigned to do the Miss Emily column--a Dear Abby type of personal advice column.

Structurally, this show is pretty much what all the Kolchak shows were like--Kolchak irritates his boss, Vincenzo as well as the local police. And, his evidence seems to vanish or is confiscated by the cops. And, in the end, Kolchak is able to defeat a seemingly unstoppable fiend. Not exactly new in that sense, but, as always, entertaining.

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