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"Kojak" The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)

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Abby Mann (written by)
Selwyn Raab (book)
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Original Air Date:
8 March 1973 (Season 1, Episode 0)
A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives. | Add synopsis »
Kojak Creator Mann Dies
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojack

Marjoe Gortner ... Teddy Hopper

José Ferrer ... Jake Weinhaus (as Jose Ferrer)

Ned Beatty ... Det. Dan Corrigan

Allen Garfield ... Mario Portello

Lorraine Gary ... Ruthie
Roger Robinson ... Bobby Martin
Harriet Karr ... Cindy
Gene Woodbury ... Lewis Humes
William Watson ... Det. Matt Black

Val Bisoglio ... Det. Jacarrino
Antonia Rey ... Rita Alvarez

Chita Rivera ... Josie Hopper

Bruce Kirby ... Sgt. Dan McCartney

Robert Walden ... Mr. Fisher
Robert Fields ... Asst. D.A. Goodman
Carolyn Nelson ... Melissa Karr
Lloyd Gough ... Inspector MacNeill

Lynn Hamilton ... Arless Humes

Lawrence Pressman ... Cabot

John Sylvester White ... Inspector Hoffstetter
Paul Jenkins ... Al Stabile
Helen Page Camp ... Mrs. Hopper
Ellen Moss ... Lynn Peyser
George Savalas ... Jack Deems
Alan Manson ... Sgt. Roberts
Fred Holliday ... Sgt. Topf

Henry Brown ... Abe Humes (as Henry Brown Jr.)
Joshua Shelley ... Mr. Sack
Patricia O'Connell ... Marge Corrigan
Alex Colon ... Roberto Timoteo
Ben Hammer ... Judge DeKana
Tol Avery ... Justice Redding
Bill Zuckert ... Judge Mathews
Elizabeth Berger ... Jo-Ann Marcus

Lora Kaye ... Kathy Nelson
Steve Gravers ... Irwin David (as Steven Gravers)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Guss ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Byron Morrow ... Judge Wallace (uncredited)
Fred Ottaviano ... Detective (uncredited)
Robert Riesel ... Detective (uncredited)
Jaime Sánchez ... Timoteo's Brother (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
Abby Mann (written by)

Selwyn Raab (book)

Produced by
Abby Mann .... executive producer
Matthew Rapf .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Mario Tosi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carl Pingitore 
Richard M. Sprague 
Art Direction by
John J. Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
Costume Design by
Charles Waldo 
Production Management
Ben Bishop .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Crosland .... assistant director
Charles E. Walker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea E. Weaver .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Mario Simon .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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UK:137 min | USA:125 min
Color (technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M (video rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:15

Did You Know?

Telly Savalas' real-life brother George Savalas appears in this film, but playing a different character to the Det. Stavros character he would play throughout the later Kojak TV series.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.See more »
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41 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Saw this when first broadcast and it was engrossing!, 26 June 2004
Author: rixrex from United States

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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