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A Souvenir from Atlantic City 

Two off-duty police officers are killed when a bomb explodes in a bowling alley. A police informer (Paolo Olivarez), who had come to warn them, arrives too late and though slightly injured ... See full summary »

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Jaime Sánchez ...
Paolo Olivarez (as Jaime Sanchez)
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Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
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Lt. Charles 'Chuck' Danena
Maria Elena Cordero ...
Marinella Olivarez (as Maria-Elena Cordero)
Victor Campos ...
Det. Gomez
Helena Carroll ...
Nun
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Brenner
Rafael López ...
Pena (as Rafael Lopez)
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1st Latin (as Ron Joseph)
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Hank Rolike ...
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Two off-duty police officers are killed when a bomb explodes in a bowling alley. A police informer (Paolo Olivarez), who had come to warn them, arrives too late and though slightly injured is able to hobble away. A Bronx detective demands that Kojak allow him to help bring in his informer; they trace him to his sister Marinella's in New Jersey. Back in New York, the bombers booby trap Paolo's apartment; when that fails, they notify him that they have kidnapped his sister to ensure his silence. Knowing that they want to kill him, Paolo offers to trade himself for her freedom. Kojak learns of his plans and where the bombers' HQ is; he faces a hostage situation involving Marinella, and Paolo is frantic. Will Kojak call their bluff? Written by jeaneva

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10 November 1974 (USA)  »

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Silencing an informant
4 May 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Before he became Captain Frank Furillo on Hill Street Blues, Daniel J. Travanti was a guest star in this Kojak episode playing another cop who is on the trail of Puerto Rican Independista terrorists. They blew up a bowling alley and killed a pair of police officers. Jaime Sanchez plays a police informant who arrived too late to save the cops and gets slightly injured himself.

But his cover is blown and the terrorists want to silence an informant. Can't say any more about this than there's a real horrifying twist to the story.

The issue of informing is always a sticky one. The points of view range as far as John Ford's The Informer and Elia Kazan's On The Waterfront. Both films take diametrically opposite points of view. This particular Kojak story is closer to the Kazan film.

The guest stars dominate here, Travanti, Sanchez, and also Maria Elena Cordero playing Sanchez's sister. She's a key player here.


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