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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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Release Date:

10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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R.I.N.G. stands for Robomatic Internalized Nerve Ganglia. 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 Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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An early Michael Myers?
8 January 2019 | by stones78See all my reviews

While this isn't my favorite episode of this mostly legendary series, it appears that the villain could have been a precursor to the more famous killer named Michael Myers, although I wonder if John Carpenter would ever admit to it, but save that for another day. Without going into the plot too much, since you are probably aware of it by now, the "robot" had the mannerisms and even look of the aforementioned Myers, especially the plain white face for a scene or two, and the way it hides in the shadows. I was a wee lad in the 70's, and I bet if I saw this "robot" back then, it probably would've scared me; that being said, it almost seemed a bit comical compared to what I've been used to seeing in the horror genre since then, but that doesn't detract too much from a fairly solid story. Watch for familiar faces in Julie Adams and Corrine Camacho, who were both decent. Let me add that my biggest gripe was the final demise of our killer, as it seemed too quick for me, considering that there was ample opportunity by the police to act much sooner, although I won't spoil the ending. See if you feel the same as I do.

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