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Kolchak: The Night Stalker: They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be

Animals missing from the zoo, lead ingots, stereo parts and electrical equipment stolen by invisible thieves, and a strange black substance found at the location of each incident lead Kolchak to one conclusion, a UFO.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Friday September 27th, 1974

Director: Allen Baron
Story: Dennis Clark
Teleplay: Rudolph Borchert

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Guest Stars
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
As Monique Marmelstein
Dennis McCarthyDennis McCarthy
As Security Guard Riley
Gary GlanzGary Glanz
As Keeter Hudson
John FiedlerJohn Fiedler
As Gordy "The Ghoul" Spangler
Dick Van PattenDick Van Patten
As Alfred Brindle
Fritz FeldFritz Feld
As Waiter
James GregoryJames Gregory
As Capt. Quill
Len LesserLen Lesser
As Crowley
Mary WickesMary Wickes
As Dr. Bess Winestock
Maureen ArthurMaureen Arthur
As Woman Speaker
Phil LeedsPhil Leeds
As Howard Gough
Rudy ChallengerRudy Challenger
As Stanley Wedemyer
Tony RizzoTony Rizzo
As Leon Van Heusen
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo


I knew this one was more than the biggest story of my life; it was the biggest story in the lives of everyone on this planet. I fought hard for the story – fought harder than ever before, because I knew it was more than news. Much more. I felt people should know about it so they could be prepared when it happened again. If it’s possible to be prepared for something like this…..

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Episode Notes
Allen Baron directs his second of four episodes with "They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be". The other episodes were #1 "The Ripper", #5 "The Werewolf", and #7 "The Devil's Platform".

The aliens in this episode are never seen, instead their presence is indicated by an eerie wind.

Syndicators sometimes titled this episode "U.F.O."

Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening narration) I knew this one was more than just the biggest story of my life. It was the biggest story in the lives of everyone on the planet. I fought for the story, fought harder than ever before because I knew it was more than news, much more. I felt people should know about it so they could be prepared when it happened again, if it's possible to be prepared for something like this.

Carl: What happened? It's all a point of view, really. A traveler has a breakdown, stops to fix it, gets a road map, has a bite to eat and goes on his way - it's happened to all of us. This traveler happened to be light-years off his course, instead of miles.

Episode Goofs
The stars look very different today...
In the planetarium, when the projector swings the stars behind it are stationary. They should be moving with the projector's movement - that's the whole reason it moves!

That’s one powerful magnetic field!
It is established that the date is September 2 when Carl visits Raydyne Electronics, where his watch is stopped by a powerful magnetic field. Yet when he examines the instrument, the date reads "31."

Plop-plop, fizz-fizz
Weinstock’s theory that someone ate the animals’ bone marrow and then threw up doesn’t hold much water. Human digestive juice contains (among other things) fairly concentrated hydrochloric acid, but it does not contain acetone and never has. This fact was known even way back in the seventies.

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CreatorJeff Rice
Warning: Kolchak: The Night Stalker season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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