Kojak: Season 4, Episode 9

A Shield for Murder: Part 1 (21 Nov. 1976)

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A young man is killed by police after he attempts to kill an assistant district attorney at a courthouse. Kojak learns that the young man was a boyfriend of an ice skater who is in prison ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Frazer ...
George Savalas ...
Edna Morrison
Assistant D.A. Greg Burton
Michael Lombard ...
Dr. Garvey
Lt. Decker
Capt. Juan Vida (credit only)
Janet Ward ...
Miss Slovack
Frederick Coffin ...
Lt. Lee (as Fred Coffin) (credit only)
Karen Foster (as Marybeth Hurt)
Lester Rawlins ...
Assistant D.A. Angus Moore
Elaine Aiken ...
Mrs. Foster (credit only)


A young man is killed by police after he attempts to kill an assistant district attorney at a courthouse. Kojak learns that the young man was a boyfriend of an ice skater who is in prison for the murder of her mother two years before. But when he tries to look further into the case, he gets pressured to drop it, with the orders ultimately coming from a powerful political operative. Written by rbecker28

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21 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Originally aired as a 2-hour segment, the syndicated version is split into two, 1-hour episodes. See more »


mic visible when Kojak gets up from the table after discussing the case with D.A. Angus Moore. The mic is where Kojaks left hand was resting. See more »

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Kojak gets rebuffed
26 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this the first part of a two part Kojak episode Geraldine Page plays a wealthy widow who may have been modeled on Pamela Harriman. She's a powerbroker and she's grooming a hotshot Assistant District Attorney Charles Kimbrough for bigger and better things. This is a woman who will do anything to protect her investment and that includes a lot of illegal things. The ambitious Kimbrough may cut a few corners himself.

At the beginning of the episode it's established Kojak doesn't like Kimbrough's methods and then happens to be present when a young man tries to shoot Kimbrough and is turn shot down by a uniform officer on the courthouse steps. His last words were to Telly Savalas about a case Kimbrough prosecuted.

That arouses Kojak's curiosity, but his inquiries are rebuffed at every turn and the DA's office closes ranks behind Kimbrough. All this being managed by the off stage puppet master Page.

This episode left me wanting more and hopefully I'll see tomorrow's to see just what Kimbrough is so afraid of.

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