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:
Lt. Theo Kojack
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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8 March 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Telly Savalas died, the movie was shown again for the first time in nearly 20 years, this time with a short clip of Telly and the words "Dedicated to the memory of Aristotle 'Telly' Savalas 1920 - 1994" at the end of the show. 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: The Price of Justice (1987) 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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A true story
11 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love true stories, especially this one. Based on the book by author Selwyn Raab, (a New York Times reporter) "Justice in the Back Room". This film was intense and very close to the book. The main character Louis Humes was played by Gene Woodbury who played the part perfectly as a shy uneducated black kid that was unjustly accused of an attempted rape, a murder in Brooklyn and also implicated in a double homicide in Manhattan. The newspapers in 1963 dubbed this as the Career Girl Murders. The film calls it the Marcus Nelson murders. The story rubbed me the wrong way because at the end, the narration said Humes was still in jail. It also said the prosecutor was elected an assemblyman. I wanted to know about this and read the book. Humes(not his real name) was finally cleared but the NY police tried to pin a mugging charge against him when he was in south Jersey. He was cleared of that too. Kojak is a composite of Selwyn Raab and some police officers that care.

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