Kolchak: The Night Stalker/The Night Stalker

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The Night Stalker
Airdate January 11, 1972
Written by Richard Matheson
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
Network ABC
Style 74-minute sci-fi mystery drama
Company ABC,
Dan Curtis Productions

Origin USA

TV Movie 2 →
The Night Strangler
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
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The Night Stalker is the pilot movie of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and it is about a Los Angeles reporter who investigates a strange serial killer who turns out to be a vampire. It aired as part of the ABC Movie of the Week and became one of the highest-rated TV movies of all time. Its success spawned an ABC Movie of the Week sequel, The Night Strangler, which was reset in Seattle, and finally the series, again relocated to Chicago.

Cast: Darren McGavin (Carl Kolchak), Carol Lynley (Gail Foster), Simon Oakland (Tony Vincenzo), Ralph Meeker (Bernie Jenks), Claude Akins (Sheriff Warren A. Butcher)

Co-Starring: Charles McGraw (Police Chief Ed Masterson), Kent Smith (District Attorney Tom Paine), Stanley Adams (Fred Hurley), Elisha Cook, Jr. (Mickey Crawford), Larry Linville (Dr. Robert Makurji), Jordan Rhodes (Dr. John O'Brien), Barry Atwater (Janos Skorzeny)


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