The Night Stalker
Night stalker title
Season 0, Episode 1
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Air date January 11,1972
Written by Richard Matheson (teleplay)
Jeffery Grant Rice (novel)
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
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N/A The Night Strangler (film)

The Night Stalker is a made for television movie starring Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland and Barry Atwater. It follows the exploits of an abrasive Las Vegas reporter as he investigates a series of mysterious murders that seem to have been committed by a vampire. It first aired January 11, 1972 on the ABC television network.

At the time of its airing it was the highest rated made for television movie in history, earning a 33.2 rating and a 54 share.

Production Edit

  • Written by: Richard Matheson, based on an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice
  • Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
  • Music by: Bob Corbet
  • Producer: Dan Curtis
  • Editor: Desmond Marquette
  • Cinematography: Michel Hugo
  • Running time: 74 minutes

Cast Edit

  • Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak
  • Carol Lynley as Gail Foster
  • Simon Oakland as Tony Vincenzo
  • Ralph Meeker as Bernie Jenks
  • Claude Akins as Sheriff Warren Butcher
  • Charles McGraw as Police Chief Masterson
  • Kent Smith as District Attorney Paine
  • Elisha Cook, Jr. as Mickey Crawford
  • Stanley Adams as Fred Hurley
  • Larry Linville as Dr. Makurji
  • Jordan Rhodes as Dr. John O'Brien
  • Barry Atwater as Janos Skorzeny