Kolchak: The Night Stalker/The Night Stalker

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The Night Stalker
Pilot
Airdate January 11, 1972
Production Number
Writer(s) Richard Matheson
Director(s) John Llewellyn Moxey
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The Night Stalker
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The Night Strangler
Kolchak: The Night StalkerSeason One


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The Night Stalker is the pilot 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), 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)

Contents

Plot Overview

Notes

Arc Advancement

Happenings

Characters

Referbacks

Trivia

The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

Quotes