Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 14

The Trevi Collection

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 1975 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The conclusion to this episode is rather...badly edited. Carl sets down the mojo bag and one of the mannequins sweeps it off the table onto the floor. After his conversation with Madeleine, Carl's holding the mojo bag and starts wielding it. Then the mannequins come at him anyway and pile on him. Then he is no longer holding the mojo bag and is fumbling for it where it sits neatly on a table. Then he grabs the mojo bag and all the mannequins go inert on a pile on top of him. Then Carl climbs free and all the mannequins are standing back up as they were when he entered the room.

  • Quotes

    • Kolchak: (opening monologue) Tuesday May 2nd, 1:00pm. Mickey Patchek was a snitch, a dealer, a peddler of information. His clothes were as cheap as his reputation. So when he phoned me with some information to sell I was surprised that he wanted to meet me in the heart of Chicago's chic-chic high fashion district. What started out as a mild surprise culminated in stark raving terror.

    • Kolchak: Witchcraft, the black arts. In this enlightened day do rational people believe in the existence of witches? The answer proved to be a simple "yes."

    • Vincenzo: Now look, Carl, have you been able to connect Murray Vernon with Mickey Patchek?
      Kolchak: No. No, not yet. No, these hoods have spooked my stringers. They, they, they, they act like I got leprosy.
      Vincenzo: You'd be better off. You'd be safer in a leper colony.

    • Carl: Okay, how much is it?
      Witch: There is no charge. A nominal contribution will be appreciated. (Carl puts in a dollar) Not that nominal.

    • Carl: Can you get up out of your chair and walk to the window? Can you make it?
      Tony: (at the window) Now what do I do? Jump?
      Carl: You want me to open the window for you? Look. Look, look down there in the street. See the guy leaning up against the car reading the newspaper?
      Tony: Yeah…
      Carl: Well, does he look like a scoutmaster to you?!?
      Tony: Well, look, Carl. We can call the police; they'll pick him up and shake him down.
      Carl: On what charge? Slow reading in public?

    • Carl: He gave me a deadline – with the accent on "dead."
      Tony: Well, threats are the standard situation with newsmen, Carl. You know that. It goes with the territory like the high salary.

    • Madelaine: I could make you so important.
      Kolchak: You? Make me important?

    • Kolchak: You don't believe in witchcraft, of course.
      Dr. Gravanites: No, Of course not. But in this particular case, I'd agree with what my mother used to say about chicken soup.
      Kolchak: Oh yeah, what was that?
      Both: It couldn't hurt.

    • Kolchak: Dying and maiming were coming into vogue in the fashion business.

  • Notes

    • This episode reunites Darren McGavin with Nina Foch. Foch had co-starred with McGavin in his first (uncredited) movie role as a student in the 1949 movie A Song to Remember.

    • Lara Parker also played a witch on Dark Shadows...which was also produced by Dan Curtis, who created the two original Night Stalker movies.

  • Allusions

    • Kolchak: Yeah, yeah, floats like a butterfly...
      Carl is quoting part of prizefighter Muhammed Ali's most famous tagline: "Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee." It refered to the boxer's tactic of tiring opponents with footwork and then finishing them with fist work.