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Mr. R.I.N.G. 

Kolchak investigates a US military backed project called R.I.N.G. (Robomatic Internalized Nerve Ganglia), which is a robot that uses deadly force to defend itself against those who would harm it.


Gene Levitt


Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by) (as Jeff Rice), L. Ford Neale | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
Julie Adams ... Mrs. Walker
Corinne Camacho ... Dr. Leslie Dwyer (as Corinne Michaels)
Bert Freed ... Capt. Akins
Don 'Red' Barry ... Tyrell Security Guard (as Donald Barry)
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Ruth McDevitt ... Emily Cowles
Henry Beckman ... Senator Stephens
Robert Easton ... Bernard Carmichael
Maidie Norman ... Librarian
Bruce Powers Bruce Powers ... Peters
Vince Howard Vince Howard ... Policeman
Read Morgan ... Man
Craig R. Baxley ... Mr. R.I.N.G. (as Craig Baxley)


Carl Kolchak can't determine the exact cause of death for a man he's writing the obituary on. Kolchak's investigation into the man's mysterious demise uncovers a scientific experiment called Project R.I.N.G., which is developing an artificially intelligent robot that might also be dangerously homicidal. Written by Woodyanders

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10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Tyrell Institute was where Mr. R.I.N.G., the android was created. Tyrell Corporation was the company that created the android replicants in Blade Runner (1982). Same spelling of Tyrell. See more »


[first lines]
Carl Kolchak: [Voiceover of a groggy Kolchak has been doped by the Feds] I don't know when I was in this office last. In some ways it feels like I never left.
Carl Kolchak: No, that's not right. For a while I was away, far away, in the hands of men with no faces. They broke me down, broke my story down, and convinced me it hadn't happened the way I remembered.
[Gropes for his tape recorder]
Carl Kolchak: Memories fade fast enough without chemical help. But if I don't tell this story now, I'm afraid I never will. Now.....
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Referenced in Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

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Kolchak: "Mr. R.I.N.G."
21 April 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: After the death of a renowned scientist, Kolchak stumbles on a secretive military project called R.I.N.G., which stands for Robomatic Internalized Nerve Ganglia and concerns a dangerous humanoid robot that acquires awareness and survival instincts.

COMMENTARY: This is a fairly interesting exploration of the androids-and-their-rights theme, over a dozen years before the debut of Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Julie Adams and Corinne Camacho play the deceased scientist's boozy wife and cerebral non-mistress respectively. The tragic last act when Kolchak meets the automaton is the best part wherein the bond between the robot and its "mother" is subtle yet palpable.

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