Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 15


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 1975 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The strange disappearance of an antique motorcycle is the first sign of trouble. A rash of murders follow where each victim is decapitated with superhuman force by what witnesses describe as a headless motorcyclist. Kolchak discovers the connection between the victims and their killer, but the skeptical police won't listen to his theory. Kolchak must find a way to stop the killings, and discovers that disturbing the dead is not always wise...moreless

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Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Captain Jonas

Guest Star

Jim Backus

Jim Backus

Herb Bresson

Guest Star

Sharon Farrell

Sharon Farrell

Lila Morton

Guest Star

Jack Grinnage

Jack Grinnage

Ron Updyke

Recurring Role

Ruth McDevitt

Ruth McDevitt

Emily Cowles

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Kolchak: (opening monologue)
      The teenage years: sixteen candles, fervent passions, aimless joyrides and the forbidden taste of beer. A time the world allows for sowing one's wild oats. But for some individuals I came to know in this summer of their discontent it had been a time when they had sown the seeds of their own destruction.

    • Jonas: And you're telling me that I should go into a barn of bones… and… and… and… find someone's skull and then play pin the head on the stump?!?
      Kolchak: Right, right.
      Jonas: Is that what you think police do?
      Kolchak: I've given up figuring out what police do. All I know is what has to be done!

    • Kolchak: (when Baker's head is lost) In one case the oversight was very small. But it blossomed into a flower of evil.

    • Neil: (to Kolchak) Well, if it isn't the third runner-up in the Spike Jones lookalike contest.

    • Jonas: Fortunately for all of us, Kolchak, you're your own worse enemy.

    • Jonas: Surely some biker has taken it into his head to avenge Baker's death. And he has a costume -!
      Kolchak: That is no costume and he certainly hasn't taken it into his head because there IS no head!

    • Kolchak: And you're supposed to be the brightest, the youngest, captain on the force, huh? Well, you're not fit to be captain of the Rockettes!

    • Vincenzo: Boy, you people got a lot of gall, let me tell you. You sit around here collecting your salaries and gassing about guillotines and corpses on motor scooters and stuffing your faces.
      Kolchak: Aha.
      Vincenzo: This isn't a functioning newsroom. This is occupational therapy!

    • Kolchak: There is an old, simple axiom about the dead: don't disturb them, not for any reason at all.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In the 2007 Sci-Fi channel original movie Headless Horseman, there is a scene where the Headless Horseman crashes out of the window of a store named "Kolchak"'s while riding a motorcycle.

    • Jim Backus is listed as "Special Guest Star."

    • Larry Linville played a doctor in the original Night Stalker movie, making him the fourth actor to appear in at least one movie and a TV episode.

    • This was the first script that Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale sold in Hollywood. Zemeckis later went on to win an Academy award for Forrest Gump.


    • Kolchak: The Hills of Lethe Cemetary...
      The cemetary takes its name from Greek mythology. Those who drank from the waters of the river Lethe forgot their past lives entirely.

    • Kolchak: ...this summer of their discontent...
      This is a play on the opening soliloqy from Shakespeare's Richard III. The title character's words reveal how his deformities reflect, or perhaps shaped, his deformed mind and spirit.