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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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 »

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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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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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