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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 »




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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Kolchak is trying to finish a reporting assignment so he can go see the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. He, correctly, says the Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, which was 29 years before this episode aired. In reality, the 1974 Chicago Cubs finished last in the National League East Division with a 66-96 record. The Chicago Cubs were absent from the World Series from 1945-2016, when they won the World Series for the first time since1908. 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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Glaring Mistaken World Series Rererence
28 October 2018 | by mikesinclair-30063See all my reviews

Early in the episode Kolchak expresses his excitement in going to the first world series game the Cubs have been in in 29 years. Later on listening to the game on the radio we discover its a Red Sox/Cubs World Series.

This episode is from 1974. Although it was true the Cubs hadn't been in the World Series in 29 years (1945), the 1974 the World Series was between the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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27 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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