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Kolchak: The Night Stalker: The Devil's Platform

While being hounded by a devilish dog with a Satanic medallion on its collar, Kolchak tries to piece together the puzzle of a series of mysterious deaths surrounding a young politician.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x7
Airdate: Friday November 15th, 1974

Director: Allen Baron
Story: Tim Maschler


 
Guest Stars
Keith Walker (1)Keith Walker (1)
As TV Reporter
Recurring
Bruce PowersBruce Powers
As Policeman
Recurring
Bruce PowersBruce Powers
As Policeman
Recurring
Stanley AdamsStanley Adams
As Louie The Bartender
Recurring
Ike JonesIke Jones
As Maintenance Engineer
Recurring
Dick PattersonDick Patterson
As Stephen Wald
Dick PattersonDick Patterson
As Stephen Wald
Ellen WestonEllen Weston
As Lorraine Palmer
Ellen WestonEllen Weston
As Lorraine Palmer
Ross ShermanRoss Sherman
As Policeman #2
Ross ShermanRoss Sherman
As Policeman #2
Robert DoQuiRobert DoQui
As Park Policeman
Sam EdwardsSam Edwards
As Mailman
Sam EdwardsSam Edwards
As Mailman
Tom SkerrittTom Skerritt
As Robert W. Palmer
John MyhersJohn Myhers
As Senator James Talbot
John MyhersJohn Myhers
As Senator James Talbot
Bill WelshBill Welsh
As TV Announcer
Bill WelshBill Welsh
As TV Announcer
John DennisJohn Dennis
As Maintenance Engineer #2
Julie GreggJulie Gregg
As Susan Driscoll
William MimsWilliam Mims
As Officer Hale
Jeanne CooperJeanne Cooper
As Dr. Kline
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo

Recap

The story begins with Carl waiting for an elevator to take him to the law office of Robert W. Palmer. Palmer hascome out of nowhere to run for state senator, and is way ahead of the incumbent Senator James Talbot in the polls...

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Episode Notes
Allen Baron directs his fourth and final episode with "The Devil's Platform". The other episodes were #1 "The Ripper", #3 "They Have Been...aka U.F.O.", and #5 "The Werewolf".

Louie The Bartender:
Stanley Adams, the actor playing "Louie" becomes the first actor other than Darren "Kolchak" McGavin and Simon "Vincenzo" Oakland to appear in both the Night Stalker movie and series. In the original film he played "Fred Hurley" a used car salesman.



Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening narration) The old cliche that politics makes strange bedfellows is only too true. At one time or another, various and sundry politicians have found themselves, when it proved expedient, of course, sharing a blanket with the military, organized crime, disgruntled gun-toting dairy farmers, the church, famous athletes, the comedians, the list is endless. But there was a senatorial race not so long ago here in Illinois, where the strangest bedfellow of all was found under the sheets. The strangest and certainly the most terrifying.

Carl: (while waiting for an elevator) There's two things that just can't be rushed, anyone who is paid by the hour and an office building elevator.

(after he swipes Emily's holy water)
Carl: It's all right Emily, God will understand... I hope.

Tony: You know, I once thought of entering the priesthood.
Carl: Then the Inquisition ended and all the fun went out of it for you.

Carl: What don't you like about this hat?
Tony: What's under it!



Cultural References
Just like in The Omen (1976) a Rottweiler is used as the Devil's dog.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Rice
 
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