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Land development disturbs the final resting place of a headless, sword-wielding cyclist who hunts down and beheads the rival gang bikers who killed him.


Bruce Kessler


Jeffrey Grant Rice (created by) (as Jeff Rice), Steve Fisher (teleplay) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland ... Tony Vincenzo
Larry Linville ... Captain Jonas
Art Metrano ... Henry 'Studs' Spake (as Arthur Metrano)
Sharon Farrell ... Lila Morton
Frank Aletter ... Norman Kahill
Jay Robinson ... Prof. Eli Strig
Jesse White ... Security Guard
Jim Backus ... Herb Bresson
Jack Grinnage ... Ron Updyke
Ruth McDevitt ... Emily Cowles
Steve Franken ... Neil
Joey Aresco ... Electric Larry
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Beaner
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Otto


Former members of a biker gang from the 50s are being decapitated, and a key witness claims that the murders are being committed by a headless figure on a motorcycle wielding a sword. Kolchak pieces the story together and finds that the specter is out to avenge his death due to some rather unusual circumstances surrounding his burial. Written by acidxian

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Release Date:

31 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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BSA stands for Birmingham (UK) Small Arms Company Limited, which was a leading motorcycle producer internationally. See more »


Carl throws the biker's skull at the headless body. It strikes him in the chest and bounces away, but the next shot of the biker's skeleton shows the head connected to the body. See more »


[first lines]
Carl Kolchak: The teenage years - sixteen candles, fervent passions, aimless joyrides, and the forbidden taste of beer - a time the world allows for sowing one's wild oats; but, for some individuals I came to know in the summer of their discontent, it had been a time when they had sown the seeds of their own destruction.
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You can't reason with a headless man
3 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Our intrepid wire service reporter Carl Kolchak always gets the interesting and bizarre stories. In this one the plot must have been taken from the Walt Disney classic cartoon feature Ichabod Crane where Bing Crosby sang about not being able to reason with a headless man.

A headless biker known back in the Fifties as the Swordman is back with nothing above the neck and wielding that sword to decapitate some of his old biker crowd. They either participated in or witnessed his decapitation and he's taking a few heads of his own.

Darren McGavin along the way meets such interesting folks as Jim Backus the motorcycle dealer, historian Jay Robinson, and Larry Linville as Frank Burns giving up medicine and joining the police force and Jesse White a most insecure security guard.

The old biker gang is represented by Art Metrano and Sharon Farrell. It's always the colorful folks McGavin meets along the way in his investigations that made Kolchak: The Night Stalker the cult classic it has become.

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