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Someone is using a twice dead Haitian named Francois Edmunds to put a hurt on the mob, but Kolchak's the only one who believes the man is a zombie.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Friday September 20th, 1974



 
Guest Stars
Charles AidmanCharles Aidman
As Capt. Leo Winwood
Joseph SirolaJoseph Sirola
As Benjamin Sposato
Joseph SirolaJoseph Sirola
As Benjamin Sposato
Val BisoglioVal Bisoglio
As Victor Friese

Co-Guest Stars
John FiedlerJohn Fiedler
As Gordan Spangler (Gordy The Ghoul)
Recurring
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
As Monique Marmelstein
Recurring
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
As Monique Marmelstein
Recurring
J. Pat OJ. Pat O'Malley
As Caretaker
J. Pat OJ. Pat O'Malley
As Caretaker
Antonio FargasAntonio Fargas
As Sweetstick Weldon (Bernard Weldon)
Antonio FargasAntonio Fargas
As Sweetstick Weldon (Bernard Weldon)
Scatman CrothersScatman Crothers
As Uncle Filemon (as Scat Man Crothers)
Paulene MyersPaulene Myers
As Mamalois Edmonds (Marie Juliette)
Paulene MyersPaulene Myers
As Mamalois Edmonds (Marie Juliette)
Earl FaisonEarl Faison
As The Zombie (Francois Edmonds)
Earl FaisonEarl Faison
As The Zombie (Francois Edmonds)
Ben FrommerBen Frommer
As The Monk
Ben FrommerBen Frommer
As The Monk

Uncredited
Chuck WatersChuck Waters
As Jerry
Recurring
Chuck WatersChuck Waters
As Jerry
Recurring
Gary BaxleyGary Baxley
As Willie Pike
Recurring
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo

Recap

Popular folklore would have us believe that there exist in the Underworld ruthless men who fear nothing. This story should debunk that myth...

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Episode Notes
Both "Gordy the Ghoul" and Monique Marmelstein appear for the first time in this episode, and before it's over Kolchak puts Monique in a cab heading to Brooklyn. She's back by the next episode though.

Kolchak's informant "The Monk" appears here for the first and last time, he's never seen again during the show's run.

Alex Grasshoff directs his first of three episodes with "The Zombie", the others were #8 "Bad Medicine" and #10 "The Energy Eater".



Episode Quotes
(opening narration)
Carl: Popular folklore would have us believe that there exists in the underworld ruthless men who fear nothing. This story should debunk that myth.

Tony: Good morning, Carl. Did you get those extra pencils you wanted?
Carl: Oh, yeah.
Tony: Listen, I read your Willie Pike story.
Carl: Oh, well, you must have taken up speed-reading. I just typed it.
Tony: Oh, it's very good. Really, Carl.
Kolchak: You've got it upside down.
Tony: Oh.
Carl: What do you want of me?
Tony: 'm starving. Let's get down to Manny's and grab a cup of coffee and a piece of Danish.
Carl: The last time that you invited me out for coffee and Danish, I ended up in Sioux Falls, Iowa, covering a hardware convention. And the time before that...
Tony: Well, listen. Can't a man take a coworker to coffee without being suspect?
Carl: Coworker? The last time you called me a coworker, I spent three days rewriting the obituaries because Charlie Creach was out on one of his benders! Coworker? I had no coworker! I was the coworker!

Carl: Then came the part that makes the news what it is today. Getting pictures of the bodies.

Carl: Nine a.m., August 16, the official police briefing. As foolish a game as any Gordy the Ghoul could make up.

(Carl narrates over a scene of Albert Berg having his spine turned to shrapnel)
Carl: Bad as my problems were at that moment, they were nothing compared to those of Albert Berg.

Carl: I saw Victor Friese get his back snapped! I heard it crunch!! And the man who did it was dead--dead--and had been dead for over two weeks!
Tony: Well I envy him--at least he's getting some sleep!

Capt. Leo Winwood: Now we think the body was exhumed by some cult. However, I didn’t want to speculate as to the purpose. After all, these are Haitians. They're people from a foreign country.
Carl: Yeah, that's right, especially Francois Edmonds. He, sir, is from Hell itself.

Capt. Leo Winwood: And how is this stiff walking, Kolchak? Who's pulling the strings?
Carl: Well, I don't know exactly, but I've been doing some research. It's voodoo. Francois Edmonds has been turned into a zombie. Now, the process that activates him has something to do with chicken blood and corn kernels...

Carl: François Edmonds, the deceased, was buried a third time at public expense--a third time. However, this time, rock salt was poured in his mouth, and his lips were sewn shut. City officials will deny this, but you can see it for yourself, if, if, you’d care to venture out to Saint Lucie’s cemetery, and exhume the corpse. Be my guest. If you’ve got the nerve...



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Rice
MusicGil Melle
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
OtherDanny Roew (Director / Switcher)
Director of PhotographyAlric Edens
Art DirectorRaymond Beal
Art DepartmentMartijn Overing
Main Title DesignJack Cole (1)
Film EditorTed Rich
Assistant DirectorDavid Hawks
Unit ManagerRalph Sariego
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
 
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