Kojak (1973–1978)
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The Marcus-Nelson Murders 

A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Teddy Hopper
Jake Weinhaus (as Jose Ferrer)
Det. Dan Corrigan
Mario Portello
Roger Robinson ...
Bobby Martin
Harriet Karr ...
Gene Woodbury ...
Lewis Humes
William Watson ...
Det. Matt Black
Det. Jacarrino
Antonia Rey ...
Rita Alvarez
Josie Hopper
Sgt. Dan McCartney
Mr. Fisher


A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives.

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Release Date:

8 March 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this pilot film, the lead character's name is spelled "Kojack" (with a "c"). The "c" was taken out when "Kojak" became a series. See more »


When Lt. Theo Kojack drives to Lewis Humes's party, a camera shot inside his Ford Torino shows the car has a plastic, sport side-view mirror on the driver's door. When he arrives and parks to proceed to the party, the Torino now has a metal, square, chrome, side-view mirror on the driver's door. See more »


Jake Weinhaus: That's a nice woman, Saul. She managed to say goodbye even though I told her I couldn't save her son.
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Followed by Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989) See more »


Don't Give Me A Road I Can't Walk
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Bobby Russell
Sung by Andy Kim
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Saw this when first broadcast and it was engrossing!
26 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this had been released theatrically, it could have been a candidate for some Oscars, and likely on most "10 best" film lists for 1973. Probably can be easily said that it's at least one of the 10 best TV films ever made, and ranks right up there with DUEL. It's Telly Savales' best performance, and that means he's superb. It's the role he was meant to play and no wonder it became the popular KOJAK television series. I saw this when first broadcast in 1973, and found it completely absorbing, at a time when I was more interested in action and horror stuff, like most kids, and when I could barely sit still for anything dramatic, but Savales held my attention, and the storyline never sagged. Everything in the film is top-notch, and a later second viewing years afterward only confirmed this. You won't be disappointed!

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