Darren McGavin On Larry King (1992)

I do believe that once or twice on the Retroist there have been those of us that have declared our love for the late Darren McGavin. A wonderful actor that left behind a fantastic legacy when he passed away back in 2006. He was in numerous TV series and films such as Mike Hammer, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Natural, and of course the beloved A Christmas Story to name a few.

With 181 acting credits it is quite hard to stop and shine a spotlight on his most important acting gig but I think it is a safe bet to say he is best remembered for his role as that wisecracking street reporter, Carl Kolchak, who to his dismay constantly found himself thrust into the dangerous world of the supernatural each week in Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
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Thanks to Videoholic’s YouTube channel we can watch this almost 5 minute clip with McGavin on the Larry King Show discussing a bit about his career. Sadly they do not bring up the Night Stalker but the actor does address the reason he wasn’t credited in 1984’s The Natural as well as why he enjoyed being an actor.

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Of course if you need to know more about Kolchak: The Night Stalker why not listen to episode #60 of the Retroist Podcast?

Mission Mars (1968)


I was looking to post about something else concerning Darren McGavin when this trailer for Mission Mars popped up in my YouTube browser. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of this Sci-Fi film before…but after watching the trailer I’m certainly going to have to try and hunt it down!

[Via] The 42nd Street Mutant’s YouTube Channel…is that a C.H.U.D. reference?

I’ve not been able to find much about Mission Mars except for this “summary” from its IMDB page: “Three American astronauts who land on Mars discover the body of a frozen Russian cosmonaut and a mysterious talking orb.”

Has anyone had a chance to view this film by chance?

Retroist Kolchak the Night Stalker Podcast

Retroist Kolchak the Night Stalker Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Kolchak the Night Stalker Podcast. Due to technical difficulties last week, this week we have a rare Monday Retroist Podcast and on today’s show I talk all about the horror classic, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. I talk about the characters, the cast, the show’s writers and its influence on other shows. Then I talk about the various books that it has spawned.

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