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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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TV Series:
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
 (From WENN. 28 March 2008, 12:09 AM, PDT)

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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:
Belinda Beatty ... Detective (uncredited)
James J. Casino ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Wesley Gale ... Detective (uncredited)
Louis Guss ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Byron Morrow ... Judge Wallace (uncredited)
Fred Ottaviano ... Detective (uncredited)
Robert Riesel ... Detective (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Juror (uncredited)
Jaime Sánchez ... Timoteo's Brother (uncredited)
Judith Woodbury ... Woman Being Questioned (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 Jr. .... assistant director (as Alan Crosland)
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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Additional Details

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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?

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 »
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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
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

"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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