Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 1

The Ripper (13 Sep. 1974)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery
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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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Beatrice Colen ...
Jane Plumm
Elderly Woman
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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13 September 1974 (USA)  »

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When Kolchak escapes the Ripper's home, there is a brief glimpse of the killer's face: brown hair with a drooping mustache and a beardless face. This corresponds exactly to the known descriptions of Jack the Ripper, according to witness statements from 1888. See more »


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 »


Carl Kolchak: [voiceover intro] If by chance you happened to be in the Windy City between May 25 and May 29 of this year, you would have had good reason to be terrified. During this time Chicago was stalked by a horror so frightening, so fascinating, that it ranks with the great unsolved mysteries of all time. It's been the fictional subject of films, plays, even an opera. Now, here, are the true facts.
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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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