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The Vampire 

Sent to L.A. to interview a controversial guru, Carl instead tries to track down and stop an extremely vicious female vampire, unknowingly unearthed near Vegas by a road construction crew, who may be connected to his first case.


Don Weis


Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by) (as Jeff Rice), David Chase (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
William Daniels ... Police Lt. Jack Matteo
Suzanne Charny Suzanne Charny ... Catherine Rawlins
John Doucette ... Deputy Sample
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Ichabod Grace
Larry Storch ... Swede
Kathleen Nolan ... Faye Kruger
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Gingrich
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Anne Whitfield Anne Whitfield ... Call Girl
Army Archerd ... Man
Selma Archerd ... Woman
Noel De Souza ... Chandra (as Noel de Souza)
Bill Baldwin ... 1st Reporter


After Kolchak put a stake through the heart of vampire Janos Skorzeny and all his victims were cremated, that was thought to have been the end of the line for the vampire. However, one victim, a call girl named Catherine Rawlins was not found and after a road crew unknowingly freed her she resumes her "career". However, instead of turning tricks she uses her job as a way to meet unsuspecting victims of her own and begins a murderous rampage of her own and eventually makes her way to Los Angeles. Kolchak heads for L.A. to hunt her down and try to stop her before the City of Angels becomes the city of the undead. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Release Date:

4 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Kolchak's tape recorder appears to be a Grundig Portable. See more »


Carl Kolchak: Listen, tell me, uh... Tell me, Mr... Mr. Sample, what time does the coroner think that Mr. Mitchell died?
Deputy Sample: Oh, I'd say about 5:00, 5:30 a.m. I think he lost conciseness way before then.
Carl Kolchak: Beautiful country you got up here. Just gorgeous. Gorgeous country. Fresh, clean air, bright sunshine.
Deputy Sample: Yes, it's very beautiful.
Carl Kolchak: It is indeed. Tell me, what time does the sun usually come up around here?
Deputy Sample: In the morning, early.
Carl Kolchak: Oh, I know that! What time, about 5:00, 5:30?
Deputy Sample: Well, it depends on the season. Why ...
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References Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972) See more »

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Reporter Versus The Vampire
9 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Carl (Darren McGavin) is determined to kill a beautiful, but extremely vicious, female vampire unknowingly unearthed by a road construction crew.

After Jack the Ripper and aliens, it is only natural that sooner or later Kolchak would come up against a vampire. Possibly for the second time if you count the movie. But either way, this time it is a female vampire, which really calls to mind some of the finer films from Hammer Studios.

This is one of the stronger episodes, though it does have one problem (in my opinion): it strays too far from Chicago. For me, Kolchak and Chicago go hand in hand, and it is great when we can get some authentic Midwest backgrounds. But that is just my bias.

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