Kojak: Season 2, Episode 16

Close Cover Before Killing (5 Jan. 1975)

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A greedy businessman (Morton Tallman) commissions an arson, but his partner Nick threatens to tell the police if it happens. Tallman kills his partner and turns a large bookcase over his ... See full summary »

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Morton Tallman
Dan Frazer ...
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George Savalas ...
Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
David Ackroyd ...
Vincent Hackley
Nate Esformes ...
Leonard Tapler
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Theresa Ryan (as Nira Barab)
Richard X. Slattery ...
Egan
Ben Hammer ...
Nick Vane
Anne Wyndham ...
Linda
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Agnes (as Candy Azzara)
Darrell Zwerling ...
Robert De Anda ...
Mando (as Robert de Anda)
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A greedy businessman (Morton Tallman) commissions an arson, but his partner Nick threatens to tell the police if it happens. Tallman kills his partner and turns a large bookcase over his body, expecting the fire to cover his tracks. The ME finds a blunt instrument trauma to the head and no soot in Nick's lungs, proving he died before the fire. In spite of a young man's being identified as fleeing from the scene, Kojak is convinced Tallman is involved and sets out to find the evidence. It seems the fire is connected to a larger arson insurance scam, as well as some mob loans to businesses in trouble. Written by jeaneva

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A greedy businessman kills his partner and then sets the office on fire to cover his tracks.

However, the fire leaves some evidence that the victim was killed with a blunt instrument and Kojak slowly puts the pieces together while the schemer/murderer "Morton Tallman" continues to be a nasty dude. Alex Rocco is convincing in his role as "Tallman." He's the kind of guy who really want to see get what's-coming-to-him.

Erik Estrada is featured here as "Luis," one of the big suspects in this case, a guy seeing fleeing the scene. Estrada went on to TV stardom as the co-star on "CHiPs," that aired from 1977 to 1981. He is still acting.


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