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They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be... 

Kolchak connects a string of bizarre thefts committed by a powerful invisible entity that targets metal deposits to a string of suspicious animal and human deaths connected by the fact that the victims' bone marrow is missing.


Allen Baron


Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by) (as Jeff Rice), Rudolph Borchert (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
James Gregory ... Captain Quill
Mary Wickes ... Dr. Bess Winestock
Maureen Arthur ... Woman Speaker
Dick Van Patten ... Alfred Brindle
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Carol Ann Susi ... Monique Marmelstein
John Fiedler ... Gordy Spangler
Rudy Challenger Rudy Challenger ... Stanley Wedemyer
Phil Leeds ... Howard Gough
Len Lesser ... Crowley
Fritz Feld ... Waiter
Tony Rizzo Tony Rizzo ... Leon Van Heusen
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Guard


Kolchak is witness to a bizarre manifestation when an unseen force decimates a building and causes a cache of lead ingots to vanish into thin air. He soon draws a connection between the disturbance and a series of incidents where both animals and human beings are turning up dead, the marrow mysteriously sucked out of their bones. Written by acidxian

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27 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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About 5:50 into the show, Kolchak drives towards an intersection with backed-up traffic because of a red light. So, he drive up on the sidewalk and makes a right turn all in front of a bewildered-looking pedestrian. See more »


In the planetarium, the stars on the ceiling are stationary when you see the projector spinning around. The stars should be moving in concert with the projector. See more »


Carl Kolchak: [Voiceover intro] I knew this one would be more than the biggest story of my career. It was the biggest story in the lives of everyone on this planet. I fought for the story, fought harder than ever before. I wanted people to know, to be prepared... if you can be prepared for something like this.
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A bit different from the usual.
26 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As usual, Carl Kolchak is pursuing a story about some creepy sort of monster, though this one is very different from the previous ones in this series or in the TV pilot movies. Instead of zombies or vampires, the creature in this one is invisible and behaves VERY strangely--devouring the bone marrow from mammals and stealing lead was well as electronics! And, after it disappears, a weird black goo is left on the ground! While all this is very hard to believe, even more ridiculous is that in this story the Boston Red Sox are playing the Chicago Cubs in the World Series!! While you never learn who wins this impossible series, you do learn who, or what, is behind all the weird deaths and thefts.

This is a bit better than usual for the show because it manages to be quite different and so it breathes some new life into an otherwise repetitive formula. Well worth seeing and appropriately creepy.

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