Introduction

“Popular folklore would have us believe that deep in the underworld there are ruthless men who fear nothing – this story should debunk that myth.”¹ So begins the second episode of the influential gothic television series,Kolchak, the Night Stalker(1974-1975), in which Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin),...

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Published in: Men with stakes p. 1
Main Author: Julia M. Wright
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Manchester University Press 01-01-2016
Subjects:
Law
Men
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Summary: “Popular folklore would have us believe that deep in the underworld there are ruthless men who fear nothing – this story should debunk that myth.”¹ So begins the second episode of the influential gothic television series,Kolchak, the Night Stalker(1974-1975), in which Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin), a reporter for the Independent News Service, uncovers various supernatural phenomena including, in this episode, zombies. But this opening monologue is not about zombies. The episode deals extensively with the criminal “underworld” and aired two years afterThe Godfather(1972) was released, a film known for its realism and its depiction of powerful