One of my favorite television series in my High School years was Darren McGavin in Kolchak:The Night Stalker.  The main cast of the show was simple there was the star Darren McGavin, his long suffering boss Simon Oakland, his insufferable co-worker Jack Grinnage and the sweet advice/puzzle columnist Ruth McDevitt.  There was an attempt to add another co-worker played by Carol Ann Susi for three episodes.  John Fiedler played "Gordy" the morgue worker in three episodes.  The roles of police officers were often given to solid character actors such as Keenan Wynn (2 episodes), John Dehner, William Daniels, Charles Aidman and James Gregory among others.   Richard Keil played the monster in two episodes.  Sadly there were only 20 episodes of the series and two movies.  There was an ill advised attempt to do a remake of the series that bore no resemblance to the classic original.  

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In WWII my father sailed over on the second Mauretania it was being used as a troop transport. He said he was afraid of being sea sick but it sailed so smooth he never was. Was the liner in Kolchak the one that replaced the first or second Mauretania?  I love movies that take place on ships or high rise apartment buildings for some reason lol.  Lewis Charles was great as the somewhat shady ship steward who was always trying to sell something to Kolchak.   

The liner mostly seen (onboard) is the Queen Mary of 1934. She was built to replace "my" Mauretania on 1907. That first Mauretania was doing 26.75 knots even before entering service in Nov on '07 and remained the fasted thing on the ocean until 1929. The ship that beat her record won by some 30 minutes! Mauretania attempted to regain this Blue Riband title, and although she did not, she smashed every previous record she set. 

Yes, the steward trying to sell stuff - I forget about that! I love your collection, but I love your knowledge because that makes it sparkle.

DOUGLAS V. FOWLEY (1911-1998) a great character actor who played in various westerns, and several mysteries including Charlie Chan, The Thin Man and Ellery Queen movies. He played Doc Holliday on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.  Fowley appeared in episodes of Gunsmoke, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U. S. M.C., The Lucy Show and many more. He  appeared in an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker "The Trevi Collection."

UDANA POWER (1944-      ) worked extensively in television 1970s-90s  She appeared on the Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode "Legacy of Terror" as Capt. Madge Timmis.  This episode also included a young Erik Estrada. 



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