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The Devil's Platform 

Kolchak discovers that a promising young politician on the rise has made a deal with the Devil to gain the ability to turn himself into a Rottweiler from Hell and murder off his competition in ways made to look like freak accidents.


Allen Baron


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
Tom Skerritt ... Robert W. Palmer
Julie Gregg ... Susan Driscoll
Ellen Weston Ellen Weston ... Lorraine Palmer
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Ruth McDevitt ... Emily Cowles
John Myhers John Myhers ... Senator James Talbot
Jeanne Cooper ... Dr. Kline
William Mims William Mims ... Officer Hale (as Bill Mims)
Robert DoQui ... Park Policeman (as Robert Do Qui)
Dick Patterson ... Stephan Wald
Stanley Adams ... Bartender
Bill Welsh ... T.V. Announcer


An aspiring politician is surrounded by a series of deadly "accidents" that obliterate any opposition to his career, and Kolchak discovers a bizarre supernatural element to his campaign: a deal with the devil that affords him protection and allows him to change form into that of an ominous dog. Soon it's up to Kolchak to get him off the campaign trail once and for all. Written by acidxian

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When Kolchak looks at the wrecked car and is told the driver survived, he replies "Lee Petty couldn't survive a crash like that!" Darren McGavin played Lee Petty in 43: The Richard Petty Story (1972). See more »


When Kolchak is viewing the two cars involved in the wreck, there is old rust visible on the damaged areas. The cars were obviously damaged longer than actually implied. See more »


Tony Vincenzo: Well, I don't mind political exposés if the facts are there. But Kolchak, why does our political exposé have to have a dog in it?
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Remade as Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) See more »

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Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows
20 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Kolchak (Darren McGavin) discovers a young rising politician (Tom Skerritt), has made a deal with the Devil (Rupert Murdoch) to murder off his competition through incidents made to look like accidents.

Having McGavin and Skerritt together in a single show is pretty awesome, with more greatness on one screen than I can usually handle. If nothing else, that would make this episode a winner. But it is actually more clever than that. Starting with the "politics makes strange bedfellows" adage, we can imagine a politician linking up with thugs, millionaires, unions or whoever they think might help them. We rarely (if ever) consider the idea of having Satan as your co-pilot.

This episode sort of anticipates "The Omen" (1976). While the concepts are different, they both involve the devil and politics. The connection is even stronger in the "Omen" sequels. Was this an inspiration?

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15 November 1974 (USA) See more »

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