Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 4

The Vampire

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 1974 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Catherine Rawlins, a female victim of Janos Skorzeny (the vampire from the original Night Stalker TV movie) is accidentally resurrected outside Las Vegas, and makes her way to Los Angeles. She takes up her old profession of call girl and Carl wrangles an assignment there to investigate.moreless

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  • Kolchak goes vampire hunting in California.

    After getting a visit from an old acquaintance, Kolchak learns that there has been a rash of killings involving blood loss on a path to Los Angeles, California. After some neat deception, Kolchak gets a story in Los Angeles about a fifteen year old guru, and the chance to check out this blood loss lead. When Kolchak arrives, he goes out to Barstow to check out a lead on a murder. He discovers that the victim's car was stolen in Las Vegas an that the windows were taped with black paper from the inside. He then precedes to get a story on the guru. Unfortunately, he misses him and instead meets Faye, a real estate agent who just happened to study journalism. While she works on the guru piece, Kolchak investigates Catherine Rawlins, a prostitute from Las Vegas who he discovers is a vampire. Receiving interference from the police and grief over the phone from Vincenzo, Kolchak must find where Catherine is hiding and kill her before he is run out of town. Many vampire references are made in this episode: crosses, stake through the heart, sunlight, bats. I liked the chemistry between Carl and Faye. They seemed to work well together, and Faye is one of the few people I've seen Kolchak take a liking to. I think that this story is an extension of Kolchak's vampire adventures in Las Vegas.moreless
  • Carl goes to Hollywood

    Woodward and Bernstein never did as good a job at revealing the dark secrets and hypocrisy of the political elite as Carl does in stripping the hypocrisy off the face of Hollywood in this episode. For "The Vampire" actually serves up a "message". The gritty, what you see is what you get Carl Kolchak is the only person in a town of charlatans, whores, and exploiters who can see beyond his own self interest and identify the threat to everyone. And the threat is? Namely, a Hollywood industry that values mere surface appeal, which has underneath it a grotesque appetite for sucking out the very essence of what makes life worth living in the first place. Beneath the "six layers of cosmetic skin cake" thrives something you really don't want to see in your living room at night. That's what Catherine Rawlins really is.

    One of the very best episodes in this series.moreless
William Daniels

William Daniels

Lt. Jack Matteo

Guest Star

Suzanne Charney

Suzanne Charney

Catherine Rawlins

Guest Star

Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan

Faye Kruger

Guest Star

Jack Grinnage

Jack Grinnage

Ron Updyke

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Carl flies out of Los Angeles, an exterior shot of the plane shows the airline to be TWA. However the interior shot shows a Pan Am banner at the back of the cabin.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Kolchak: (opening narration) They were tearing up an old road to lay more freeway a few miles south of Las Vegas. The State of Nevada's Department of Highway's digging would be a help to thousands of motorists, but to one other person, it would turn out to be a nightmare.

    • Kolchak: Hollywood. I was beginning to see they do things strangely there. A detective lieutenant puts two suspects in jail and then goes back to the scene of the crime to do his investigation. Well, what can you expect from a city that erects a building to look like a stack of flapjacks and where some of the men dust their eyebrows with glitter. Compared to Tinseltown, Chicago was beginning to look like the Garden of Eden.

    • Carl: (narrating) (Catherine Rawlins) had been arrested a few times for prostitution. Late in 1970, at the age of 25, she'd been listed as a missing person. Two things were now clear: she was no longer missing, nor could she now be considered a person.

    • Carl: Ichabod thought he'd added another filly to his stable of trotters. In Ichabod's parlance, his new acquisition was called a "fox.' He had no way of knowing (Rawlins) was actually more closely related to the bat.

    • Vincenzo: Carl? Is that you? I could hear you a lot better if you took that submarine sandwich out of your mouth.

    • Prostitute: What does that witch have that I don't?
      Carl: Believe me, baby, you would not want to know.

    • Carl: You're not Catherine Rawlins.
      Prostitute: Well, you're not Marcello Mastroianni, but you don't hear me crying about it.

    • Faye: Then why was (Vincenzo) shouting?
      Carl: Oh, editors always shout. You have to get used to that.

    • Matteo: (to Kolchak) One of the reasons I went into police work is because I thought I'd meet all kinds of people. Interesting people. That's the truth. But you're not interesting. You're just idiotic.

    • (discussing Faye's story)
      Carl: You don't have any more "ofts", do you? Or "narys"? Or "dost thous"?
      Faye: I never use "dost thou". I do have a "nary", though. What's the matter with that?
      Carl: Well, it went out with "methinks".

    • Vincenzo: I'm tired of it, Kolchak. I'm fed up! I've got a brother-in-law who's got a fourteen-year-old kid he's always bailing out of juvenile hall, but I've got you, and you are worse!

    • Matteo: Ever hear of karate, kung fu?
      Carl: Listen, what I saw was not kung fu and it wasn't chow mein! It was a female vampire!
      Matteo: I don't want to hear that word again!
      Carl: With superhuman strength.
      Matteo: But I don't have superhuman patience, Kolchak! And what I do have is all used up!

    • Carl: You should meet my boss - he'd turn Buddha into a chain smoker.

    • Carl: When can I meet (the Guru) again?
      Chandra: In time, no doubt.
      Carl: In time for my deadline?

    • Carl: (narrating) And who would go near (the house)? Only a vampire . . . or some fool looking for her.

    • Carl: (The cross) was a local landmark so I had to pay for another one, and I didn't mind at all. I just couldn't think of a way to get it on the expense account.

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