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Kolchak is witness to a bizarre manifestation when an unseen force decimates a building and causes a cache of lead ingots to vanish into thin air. He soon draws a connection between the ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Captain Quill
Dr. Bess Winestock
Woman Speaker
Alfred Brindle
Rudy Challenger ...
Stanley Wedemyer
Howard Gough
Tony Rizzo ...
Leon Van Heusen
Dennis McCarthy ...


Kolchak is witness to a bizarre manifestation when an unseen force decimates a building and causes a cache of lead ingots to vanish into thin air. He soon draws a connection between the disturbance and a series of incidents where both animals and human beings are turning up dead, the marrow mysteriously sucked out of their bones. Written by acidxian

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27 September 1974 (USA)  »

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In the shot of Kolchak crossing a street and then a plaza between two buildings at night, the film footage has been flipped over (apparently because the director wanted Kolchak to be walking left to right, as opposed to right to left). This is obvious because in the background is a lighted store sign on which all the lettering is backwards, and Kolchak is seen carrying his camera on his "right" shoulder. When the shot changes and he enters an inside doorway, his camera is now seen carried in its usual place on his left shoulder. See more »


Carl Kolchak: [Voiceover intro] I knew this one would be more than the biggest story of my career. It was the biggest story in the lives of everyone on this planet. I fought for the story, fought harder than ever before. I wanted people to know, to be prepared... if you can be prepared for something like this.
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A lesser episode but still fairly enjoyable.
21 June 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Darren McGavin is as fun as ever as headstrong investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, but the character has a less effective story than usual. The elements are there, and they are all somewhat intriguing: dead animals, dead people, killed by someone or something whom we never see, weird black goop left behind, a silent explosion, lead ingots vanishing into thin air, and the theft of electronic "guts". One rightly has to wonder what the deal is, and Kolchak is the only one to learn what's really going on. Allen Baron, having also directed the debut episode, 'The Ripper', returns for this one, and keeps things humming along nicely, but there are certain problems here, chiefly that the humour is never as funny nor the horror as spooky as we would like. Kolchak's various confrontations with those he interviews are still entertaining, but lack a little spark. For one thing, neither the latest police captain (James Gregory) nor editor Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland) are as fed up and high strung around Kolchak as we're used to. The big laughs would often come out of their reactions, especially Vincenzos'. Good old Gordy the Ghoul (John Fiedler) is back, but he doesn't have too much to do. What *does* add a bit of spark to the episode is the banter between McGavin and veteran character actress Mary Wickes, playing Dr. Bess Winestock. Her delivery is great; she can definitely hold her own alongside her exuberant co-star. Jack Grinnage is once again great as Ron Updyke, and it *is* fun to see *him* interact with Kolchak as the latter kindly reminds him of a debt owed. The audience can also have fun spotting the familiar faces in small roles: Dick Van Patten as an angry citizen, Phil Leeds as a member of a UFO encounter group, Len Lesser as a policeman, and Fritz Feld as a waiter. Overall, this sizes up as watchable but not inspired, and that weird title is just the first indicator. Six out of 10.

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