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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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Landmark legal case dramatisation introduces top TV 'tec. See more (8 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak

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)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (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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UK:137 min | USA:125 min
Color (technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (video rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:15

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 »
Continuity: 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.See more »
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Don't Give Me A Road I Can't WalkSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Landmark legal case dramatisation introduces top TV 'tec., 29 May 2012
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

Effectively the pilot for the long running TV detective series 'Kojak", this TV movie is actually far more than that, being a dramatisation (with names changed) of an important case in American legal history, in establishing the rights of a defendant to have their legal rights read to them before answering questions relating to the offence.

Not that it helped the young unemployed black victim here, subject to a monstrous miscarriage of justice which sees him charged with three murders and an attempted rape he patently didn't do, who ended up serving time despite the efforts of in particular Kojak (a composite of the actual officers who bravely stood up for the accused) and an experienced defence attorney played by Jose Ferrer after the original court appointee (played by Robert Walden, later Joe Rossi in "Lou Grant") palpably fails him.

The direction eschews showiness and documents with fly-on-the-wall realism, the seamy methods of a so-called respected police force to pin a crime on the first donkey who comes along.

Fans of the TV series will be surprised to see none of the excellent supporting cast which made the show such a success in the 70's, like Dan Frazer and Kevin Dobson, although Telly's brother George, later the hang-dog Stavros gets a bit part as a newspaper reporter. Kojak himself isn't the finished article either as we see him act in ways he never would later on, such as violently losing his temper with a suspect, getting up close and personal with a past lover and even just working as a lone wolf much of the time. Savalas himself is excellent, already displaying the intensity of his character in his fine Italian clothes, although at this stage in his development catch-phrase and lollipop-less.

I read up on the "Career Girls" murders case which begot this drama and commend the makers for staying true to the story and bringing to light an unacceptable weakness in US justice. The fact that it led to a TV series as good as any to ever come of American television was just a bonus, albeit a very good one.

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