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Kolchak: The Night Stalker: The Night Strangler

After the events in Las Vegas, a down-and-out Kolchak manages to get work in Seattle with his old boss Tony Vincenzo. However, a new series of serial killings plague the city, and this time a centuries-old alchemist is responsible for the series of grisly murders.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x0
Airdate: Tuesday January 16th, 1973
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

Director: Dan Curtis
Writer: Richard Matheson

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Guest Stars
Jo Ann Pflug
As Louise Harper
Scott Brady
As Capt. Schubert
Wally Cox
As Titus Berry
Margaret Hamilton
As Professor Crabwell
Al Lewis (1)
As Tramp
John Carradine
As Llewellyn Crossbinder
Nina Wayne
As Charisma Beauty
Virginia Peters
As Wilma Krankheimer
Richard Anderson
As Dr. Richard Malcolm

Co-Guest Stars
Ivor Francis
As Dr. Webb
Kate Murtagh
As Janie Watkins
Diane Shalet
As Joyce Gabriel
Anne Randall
As Policewoman Sheila
Francoise Birnheim
As Restaurant Woman
Regina Parton
As Regina Parton

Bill McLean
As Charlie The Bartender
Bill Speidel
As Himself
George DiCenzo
As Underground Tour Guide
George Tobias
As Jimmy Stackhaus (deleted scenes)
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo
Episode Notes
Running time w/o commercials: 74 minutes

ABC bypassed Kolchak creator Jeffrey Grant Rice and hired Matheson to write the script. After some legal wrangling, Rice became involved and ended up writing the novelization.

Deleted scenes featured George Tobias as Jimmy Stackhaus, a reporter who wrote on the murderer during his previous cycle. The scenes are restored in the syndication and DVD releases. Additional scenes featuring Al Lewis, Kate Murtagh, and Margaret Hamilton are also included.

Episode Quotes
Carl: This is the story behind the most incredible series of murders to ever occur in the city of Seattle, Washington. You never read about them in your local newspapers or heard about them on your local radio or television station. Why? Because the facts were watered down, torn apart, and reassembled... in a word, falsified.

Tony: Go to Journalism School, my father said. It's a good, sound, down-to-earth profession.
Carl: Don't you want to hear this?
Tony: What I want to do is raise tulips for a living but there's not enough demand.

Carl: How can a man over a hundred years old retain his vitality? Is it possible?
Professor Crabwell: If it were possible, I'd be sitting here an 80-year-old sexpot. However, staying young was not their purpose. Alchemy was conceived as an exalted notion - man at one with universe. These men led spartan lives, living in the most humble of quarters, eating the most humble of foods. The Count Saint-Germain for instance, existed on a diet which consisted solely of oatmeal, groats, white meat of chicken, and a little wine.
Carl: Seems to me that a diet like that would make a man old before his time.
Professor Crabwell: On the contrary, he remained young for a number of years, in addition to which he was said to have possessed almost superhuman strength.
Carl: Tell me, what other, uh ... what other ingredients are in this elixir of life?
Professor Crabwell: Milk or meat, celandine or honey, red wine vinegar, hair, sweat, blood.
Carl: What kind of blood?
Professor Crabwell: What do you mean, what kind of blood? Human blood, of course.

Dr. Richard Malcolm: You grovel nicely, Mr. Kolchak.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Rice
Warning: Kolchak: The Night Stalker season 1 episode 0 guide may contain spoilers
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