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The Devil's Platform 

Kolchak discovers that a promising young politician on the rise has made a deal with the Devil to gain the ability to turn himself into a Rottweiler from Hell and murder off his competition in ways made to look like freak accidents.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Carl Kolchak
... Tony Vincenzo
... Robert W. Palmer
... Susan Driscoll
Ellen Weston ... Lorraine Palmer
... Ron Updyke
... Emily Cowles
John Myhers ... Senator James Talbot
... Dr. Kline
William Mims ... Officer Hale (as Bill Mims)
... Park Policeman (as Robert Do Qui)
... Stephan Wald
... Bartender
Bill Welsh ... T.V. Announcer


An aspiring politician is surrounded by a series of deadly "accidents" that obliterate any opposition to his career, and Kolchak discovers a bizarre supernatural element to his campaign: a deal with the devil that affords him protection and allows him to change form into that of an ominous dog. Soon it's up to Kolchak to get him off the campaign trail once and for all. Written by acidxian

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15 November 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The 1978 TV movie Devil Dog The Hound of Hell was originally intended to be a sequel to this episode. See more »


The first automobile explosion is supposedly driven by one of Palmer's rivals. But the vehicle is a 1930s roadster with spoked wheels. Obvious use of antique footage. See more »


Carl Kolchak: The old cliche that politics makes strange bedfellows is only too true. At one time or another, various and sundry politicians have found themselves - when it proved expedient, of course - sharing a blanket with the military, organized crime, disgruntled, gun-toting dairy farmers, the church, famous athletes, the comedians; the list is endless. But there was a senatorial race not so long ago right here in Illinois where the strangest bedfellow of all was found under the sheets. The strangest......
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Remade as Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) See more »

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devil dog
21 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Although this isn't my favorite episode of this great series, I have to give credit for a fairly original story, and a very good performance by a mutt who shall go nameless, and he was the real star here. Tom Skerritt was a tad annoying, but effective, as a politician named Robert Palmer(not the singer), who supposedly makes a deal with the devil to gain power, and murder anyone who opposes his rise to power. As usual, Tony doesn't see the connection that Kolchak finally does, but it eventually leads to a very good scene between Carl and Palmer at a satanic altar in Palmer's basement where Palmer offers the same type of deal; he promises Kolchak that he can get where and what he wants in the newspaper industry if he also makes the same deal as Palmer. I wish we could see how Palmer made his deal, as that would make for one creepy scene. In between, there's a couple car crashes and a freaky elevator crash, and the one common denominator is a strange dog that puzzles our hero.

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