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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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 »

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When Kolchak buys the electrical supplies including a box of stuff and several feet of conduit from the store, he places them into the trunk of his car. When he goes to the Ripper's house, he takes the box out of the trunk and closes the trunk, but he doesn't have the conduit. In the next scene, as he walks from his car, he has the box in hand and the conduit on his shoulder. See more »

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Carl Kolchak: For once be a cop instead of an ostrich!
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Jack Is Back
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Darren McGavin returns as intrepid reporter Carl Kolchak, now in Chicago working for INS with his old boss Vincenzo(Simon Oakland), and still involved in supernatural cases. This first episode deals with a brutal rash of murders which have all the trademarks of thought-dead London murderer Jack the Ripper, who is alive and well, and now has superhuman strength(manhandling the police force) and difficult to kill

  • though Carl will find a way to deal with him in electrifying fashion,


though still no proof. Action-filled series debut has all the usual elements in place, though suffers a bit by the vague, undefined nature of the Ripper himself.


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