Kolchak: The Night Stalker

The Knightly Murders

Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 3/7/75
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  • Episode Description
  • Various Chicago citizenry are being killed with medieval weaponry. Upon investigating, Kolchak finds that they were all tied to the conversion of a small museum into a disco. It turns out that the museum houses the armor of Guy de Mettancoeur, a misanthrope who swore upon his death that his final resting place would never know gaiety and laughter. Now, his ghostly armor animates and kills those who would disrupt his resting place.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Darren McGavin

    Carl Kolchak

  • Simon Oakland

    Tony Vincenzo

  • Vincent McEveety

  • David Chase

  • Michael Kozoll

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Kolchak: (opening narration) Tuesday, 11:15 p.m. If you know anything about Chicago politics, you’ll understand why a 63-year-old ward captain was braving the ungentle hour and the less-gentle streets. You see, Ward Captain Leo J. Ramutka was returning home from a wake – an auf Wiedershen to a loyal registered voter he knew would one day meet him in that great polling station in the sky. What Ward Captain Ramutka failed to foresee was just how soon that meeting would be.

    • Kolchak 113 Petrosky. It wasn’t a celebrated address, the sort one gets excited over or stores in his mental trousseau, but the name on the radio was - Captain Vernon W. Rausch. To a reporter, he was the Edward R. Murrow of homicide. His list of credits reach back into the mid-‘50s and the infamous Mercer-Dobrantz murders. He was a good cop, allegedly great. So what do you say to a living legend? (breaks narration) Hi there!

    • Rausch: Let me tell you something, Carl. (starts to supposedly ramble) Think of Greater Chicago. Six million personalities pressed together in a configuration… Kolchak: Could I get this on tape? Rausch: …as complex and… Kolchak: Excuse me. Just…there we go. Would you mind? Rausch: Six million personalities pressed together… Kolchak: No. “Think of Chicago…” Rausch: Think of Greater Chicago. Six million personalities pressed together in a configuration as complex and as dynamically rigorous as it is alienating. (Carl looks increasingly puzzled) Six million sets of needs, wants, desires… (pulls tape recorder up to his mouth) …cries in the night. “Want me. I want you. Understand me. I am a person.” Disintegration of the family, unbridled vertical mobility, the pressure cooker of human disappointments. Carl, understand the apathetic atomized personality. And, well, sooner or later he’s…or she, erupts. Kolchak: (rather desperately) “She, she.” You said she. You think it’s a woman? Rausch: Well, I like to call him or her Mr. X. Kolchak: Mr. X? Why Mr. X? John Doe? Rausch: Yeah. It’s a lot more professional than calling him a nut or a freak or something like that. No, you’ve got to respect people’s feelings, Carl.

    • Kolchak: (narration) The next night, 10:20 p.m. If Leo Ramutka’s popularity, or lack of it, was born of ballots and political patronage, Rolf Danvers got his more directly. His was the allure of ready cash and the deeds to several square blocks of prime Chicago real estate. However, within seconds, the only real estate that would matter to Rolf Danvers would be a small plot he owned in a memorial park near Old Town.

    • Rausch: He was stabbed.
      Kolchak: Yes, of course, but stabbed by what?
      Rausch: Fair question. Something round and sharp. I’d say a structural facsimile to an ice pick.
      Kolchak: Ice pick. Uh-huh.
      Rausch: There is, however, one disconcerting wrinkle to that premise. This particular instrument would have to have a three-inch diameter.
      Kolchak: Then it isn’t an ice pick!
      Rausch: All right. I’ll buy that. I can buy a direct question, and I respect you for it.
      Kolchak: Thank you, Captain…now then, Captain, what killed him? (long pause) Captain?
      Rausch: Hmmm?
      Kolchak: What killed him?
      Rausch: Society.
      Kolchak: Soci…?!?
      Rausch: In a manner of speaking, naturally.
      Kolchak: Captain, in a manner of speaking, two gentlemen are dead of two very bizarre means--an over arrow and an obese ice pick.

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    Notes (1)

    • It's provoked confusion in several sources, including the official Night Stalker Companions, but yes, Jeff Donnell is in fact a woman despite the odd first name, and plays Maura. Check out her bio for more information.

    Trivia (1)

    • Despite the fact that in the opening narration Carl says Ramutka was killed on Tuesday at 11:15 p.m., after the guest credits flash he says it’s Wednesday at 11:42 p.m. Later dialogue makes it clear that it’s the same night.

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