Kojak: Season 4, Episode 12

Black Thorn (5 Dec. 1976)

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Rosey Grier returns as modern-day bounty hunter Salathiel Harms, now looking for a hit man who has come to New York after jumping bail on the West Coast. His search complicates Kojak's case... See full summary »

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Dan Frazer ...
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George Savalas ...
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Salathiel Harms (as Rosey Grier)
Barry Snider ...
Tony Mira
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Whelan
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Matty
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Cordick
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Julie Di Nata
Mark Russell ...
Vince Conti ...
Frank P. Quinn ...
Willie (as Frank Quinn)
Dick Boccelli ...
Tommy
Richard Kuss ...
Heavy Set Hood
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Rosey Grier returns as modern-day bounty hunter Salathiel Harms, now looking for a hit man who has come to New York after jumping bail on the West Coast. His search complicates Kojak's case, as the detectives try to learn the identity of the target of the killer's $100,000 contract. Written by rbecker28

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The Return Of Salathiel Harms
1 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Roosevelt Grier makes a second appearance as West Coast skip tracer Salathiel Harms in a Kojak episode. He pretty well dominates things as you would expect anyone of his size to do just that.

But as luck would have it, Grier's pursuit of a mob hit-man who jumped bail in San Francisco also compromises an undercover operation that the Manhattan South Squad has at a certain mob bar. The inside man is Stavros and he and Kojak have a nice system of code where Stavros pretends he's calling his bookie and places bets on the other end in a code they've worked out. Right in plain sight, you've got to love it.

Barry Snider who plays the hit-man also picks up a contract in New York to hit a newly appointed special prosecutor. And he happens to believe in the occult, fortune tellers and such and kills poor Swoosie Kurtz whom he thinks ratted him out.

Snider's apprehension by Grier is one of the funniest things ever filmed on the Kojak series. You have to see it and I guarantee the belly laughs will come.

I still don't understand why his Salathiel Harms character was never picked up for a series of its own. I guarantee you will not forget Grier and what he does with the part.


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