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The Youth Killer 

Kolchak (Darren McGavin) discovers a very attractive woman (Cathy Lee Crosby), who maintains her youth and beauty by sacrificing young men and women to ancient Greek gods.


Don McDougall


Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by) (as Jeff Rice), Rudolph Borchert

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Helen Surtees
Dwayne Hickman ... Sergeant Orkin
Kathleen Freeman ... Bella Sarkof
George Savalas ... Kaz (as Demosthenes)
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Ruth McDevitt ... Emily Cowles
John Fiedler ... Gordy
Eddie Firestone ... Conventioneer
Michael Richardson ... Mervin
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Mother
James Murtaugh ... Manager
James Ingersoll James Ingersoll ... 1st Young Man
Reb Brown ... 2nd Young Man


A dating service for young, fabulous singles proves to be a breeding ground for supernatural murder when certain members start turning up as elderly corpses. Kolchak (Darren McGavin) makes the connection and discovers that the proprietor (Cathy Lee Crosby) of the dating service has a mysterious way of remaining young and beautiful. Written by acidxian

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14 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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As seen in from the overhead shot of lakeside Chicago during the opening scene, the cars on the highway are seen driving in the opposite direction that they should be for the lane that they are in. See more »


While going through Ms. Tibbs's apartment, Kolchak reads a "scroll" and describes it as saying she was "some kind of a member of a society at the Max Match corporation...", as if this is completely new to him. But just a short time before he found the same scroll in William Cubby's apartment. See more »


Sergeant Orkin: You're Kolchak?
Carl Kolchak: Yeah, that's right.
Sergeant Orkin: You're the one the precinct captains are always talking about?
Carl Kolchak: What do they say?
Sergeant Orkin: That you're a pinwheel.
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Kolchak: "The Youth Killer"
23 April 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: Kolchak links the curious deaths of some aged people to a statuesque dating service entrepreneur (Cathy Lee Crosby) whom he suspects is maintaining her beauty by sacrificing young men & women to the Greek Goddess Hecate.

COMMENTARY: The concept is interesting and I like the Helen of Troy angle, but the execution is rather pedestrian with not enough highlights despite the potential. Crosby is fitting as the antagonist, but she never tripped my trigger. Regardless, it's refreshing to have a police captain who's affable toward Kolchak rather than curmudgeonly. John Fiedler appears as morgue attendant Gordy the Ghoul for the third and final time.

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