Aired Sept 27, 1973 Directed by Allen Baron, Written by Rudolph Borchert and Dennis Clark. Usual cast: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt
Guest Cast; Dick Van Patten, James Gregory, Mary Wickes, Carol Ann Susi, John Fiedler, Phil Leeds.
From IMDB: Kolchak is witness to a bizarre manifestation when an unseen force decimates a building and causes a cache of lead ingots to vanish into thin air. He soon draws a connection between the disturbance and a series of incidents where both animals and human beings are turning up dead, the marrow mysteriously sucked out of their bones.
The third episode in the series is a stumble, the strange, unbalanced and confusing title actually fits the episode about UFO’s (UFO is the title often used in syndication) because you’ll be wondering exactly what just happened.
There are still some Kolchak highlights including a cameo by Dick Van Patten and a small role for Mary Wickes in a brilliant scene where she gets sidetracked showing Carl pictures of her family. Mary was often paired with Abbott and Costello and she shows great comic timing here too.
HOW’S THE MONSTER: Uh, is there a monster? Not sure what we’re looking at.
HOW’S THE SEASONED COP WHO HATES KOLCHAK: James Gregory was General Ursus on Planet of the Apes, and the Inspector on BARNEY MILLER— he’s great here too, although I’m not sure he hates Kolchak.
WHO ARE THE ODDBALL GUEST STARS: Not enough.
One of the lesser episodes but still with some good elements; 6.5
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