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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8 March 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is based on an actual case known as the "Career Girl" murders that happened on 28 August 1963. It was the date on which 'Martin Luther King Jr.' delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech, as mentioned in the film. 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 »


Lt. Theo Kojak: I remember the first time I walked the beat. I felt we were doing the most wonderful job in the world. I thought of us as watchers of the city, protecting what was best in it. Some people say the community gets the police force it deserves. I say the police force is the community.
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Followed by Kojak Budapesten (1980) 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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40 years ago,a made for television movie introduced one of the greatest cop shows in television history
24 October 2013 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

"Kojak:The Marcus-Nelson Murders" was a made for television movie that premiered as a CBS Special Presentation on March 8,1973. It was based on the book by Selwyn Raab(who was a reporter for the New York Times)titled "Justice In The Back Room". Written by Abby Mann and Directed by Joesph Sargent,this Emmy-winning television drama was based on the 1963 Wylie-Hoffert "Career Girls Murders". The crime involves the brutal rape and murder of two young professional women in Manhattan. The movie serve as the basis as the pilot for the "Kojak" television series starring Telly Savalas. An African-American male by the name of Lewis Humes(Gene Woodbury)was arrested for a crime that he did not commit. To find the real killer,Lt. "Theo" Kojak conducts a second investigation with a different team of detectives(Ned Beatty, William Watson)along with his superior officer Sgt. Dan McCartney(Bruce Kirby). After illegally obtaining a confession,the police have identified the real suspect in the murders which exonerated the suspect and identified the culprit,who was a Puerto-Rican junkie.

"Kojak:The Marcus-Nelson Murders" was a gritty and intense police drama with a subtext focusing on institutionalized prejudice and the civil rights and suspects and witnesses. The opening and closing titles of the film emphasize that it was a fictional account of the events that led to the creation of "Miranda" rights by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966. As for the TV-Movie on which the series "Kojak" was based on,there was no other actor out there that did it better than the great Telly Savalas. The supporting cast features Chita Rivera,to Tol Avery, Robert Walden,Jose Ferrer,Val Bisoglio,Lorraine Gary and Allen Garfield,many of these stars would make guest appearances later on for the "Kojak" television series during the early-to-mid 1970's.

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