A Native American legend materializes in Chicago, and Carl discovers it when he investigates the mysterious deaths of two wealthy society matrons who possessed priceless jewels. When the ... See full summary »

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Captain Joe Baker
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The Diablero
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Dr. Agnes Temple
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Charles Rolling Thunder
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Ron Updyke
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Delgado
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Schwartz
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A Native American legend materializes in Chicago, and Carl discovers it when he investigates the mysterious deaths of two wealthy society matrons who possessed priceless jewels. When the murders increase, Kolchak learns that the force at work is know as The Diablero, a being cursed to roam the Earth in search of valuable gems. Written by acidxian

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29 November 1974 (USA)  »

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The German command of "Sitzen Sie dort", given by dog trainer Schwartz to the Doberman means, "Sit (you)there." See more »

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Kolchak alleges that the crown jewels of France were stolen by the Diablero. In fact, the French crown jewels were stolen by rioters in 1792, but almost all were later recovered, and are now on display at the Louvre. Only the Sancy Diamond and the French Blue Diamond were lost, although it is now believed that the latter was re-cut, and is now known as the Hope Diamond. See more »

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Carl Kolchak: [Grabbing his hat and jacket] Okay. If clothes make the reporter around here, then Carl Kolchak can play that game too!
Tony Vincenzo: Where are you going?
Carl Kolchak: [Storming out the door] I'm taking the rest of the afternoon off. I am going out and buy myself some new clothes, okay?
Emily Cowles: [Delighted] Finally!
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I am shocked that there really IS a legend of the Diablero!
8 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

This episode of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" is about some weird American Indian character, the 'Diablero'. It (Richard Kiel) appears and disappears along with his friends, a coyote and a crow, in order to steal jewels! This notion sounds so ludicrous that I just assumed the writers for the show were doing drugs or just did this as a joke. I was shocked when I researched a bit and saw that the Soroan Indians DID have such a legend--an evil man who uses the forces of darkness to do exactly what the Diablero does on "Kolchak". Who would have thought?!

So is it any good? Well, yes and no. Yes, despite the story sounding silly is was enjoyable. However, like just about all the shows, it is 100% formulaic and you could see why the series only lasted one season. Kolchak identifies the problem, no one believes him, the police harass him and, ultimately, he destroys the creature while nearly getting killed. Formula...so no surprises with this one.


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