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After four young women are murdered, Kolchak sees some eerie coincidences to the Whitechapel killings of 1888 and must race to find and save the fifth victim from "Jack the Ripper".


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Friday September 13th, 1974

Director: Allen Baron
Writer: Rudolph Borchert


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Guest Stars
Donald MantoothDonald Mantooth
As 2nd Policeman
Recurring
Ike JonesIke Jones
As Mail Boy
Recurring
Ivor FrancisIvor Francis
As Wax Museum Curator
Recurring
Mickey Gilbert (1)Mickey Gilbert (1)
As The Ripper
Recurring
Beatrice ColenBeatrice Colen
As Jane Plumm
Cathy PaineCathy Paine
As Ellen
Clint YoungClint Young
As Driver
Denise DillawayDenise Dillaway
As Debbie Fielder
Dulcie JordanDulcie Jordan
As Driver's Wife
Gwyn KaronGwyn Karon
As Cheryl
Ken LynchKen Lynch
As Captain R.M. Warren
Lavina DawsonLavina Dawson
As 1st Museum Patron
Lilyan MacBrideLilyan MacBride
As 2nd Museum Patron
Mews SmallMews Small
As Masseuse
Roberta CollinsRoberta Collins
As Police Detective Susan Cortazzo
Ruth McDevittRuth McDevitt
As Elderly Woman
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo

Recap

If, by chance, you happened to be in the Windy City between May 28th and June 2nd of this year, you would have had very good reason to be terrified. During this period, Chicago was being stalked by a horror so frightening, so fascinating, that it ranks with the great mysteries of all times. It’s been the fictional subject of novels, plays, films, even an opera. Now, here, are the true facts…..

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Episode Notes
Emily:
Ruth McDevitt shows up in this episode seemingly writing a letter to herself. Playing an unnamed elderly woman, she has written to the paper's advise columnist "Emily Fenwick". The confusion continues when McDevitt later appears as said advice columnist in episode #5 under the name "Edith Cowles" and then from episode #8 till the series' end as "Emily Cowles".

Allen Baron directs his first of four episodes with "The Ripper". The other episodes were #3 "They Have Been...aka U.F.O.", #5 "The Werewolf", and #7 "The Devil's Platform".

The Ripper:
Mickey Gilbert's appears here as the "Ripper" and starts an exclusive club of actors playing Kolchak monsters. His second monster appearance is as the "Mummy" in #17 "Legacy Of Terror".

The other actors with two "monsters" each are Richard Kiel and Craig Baxley.



Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening narration) If by chance you happened to be in the Windy City between May 28th and June 2nd of this year, you would have had a very good reason to be terrified. During this period, Chicago was being stalked by a horror so frightening, so fascinating, that it ranks with the great mysteries of all time. It's been the fictional subject of novels, plays, films, even an opera. Now, here are the true facts.



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CreatorJeff Rice
 
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