The great movie (and more) website Wonders in the Dark is currently running the second (and, according to plan, final) “TV Countdown,” in which a diversity of writers are penning essays about their favorite series and other TV items. I know very little about TV, so didn’t participate in the earlier countdown. However, WitD’s Sam Juliano, knowing me better than I know myself, told me that this time around I was going to be the one to tackle Kolchak: The Night Stalker—the series is, after all, in its way noirish.
Me being me, I went a bit overboard on the enterprise. So, while my piece on the series will be appearing in a few days’ time on WitD (and I’ll try to remember to put a link here when that happens), I’ve split off the individual entries on the two Kolchak movies—already posted on Noirish HERE and HERE—and will over the next few days be posting to this site my illustrated notes about the twenty episodes.
Episode 1: The Ripper
Aired September 13 1974
US / 52 minutes / color / Francy, Universal, ABC Dir: Allen Baron Pr: Paul Playdon Scr: Rudolph Borchert Cine: Donald Peterman Cast: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Beatrice Colen, Ruth McDevitt, Jack Grinnage, Ken Lynch, Marya Small, Robert Bryan Berger, Roberta Collins, Mickey Gilbert.
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