A young girl smuggles a stolen Canadian blank plate to New York in a leg cast. Her accomplice, an artist, is killed by a mob hit man but the girl manages to slip away from him at a hotel ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lynne Marta ...
Peggy Farrell
Lloyd Tatum (as Charles McCann)
Maurice Cherneff
Sgt. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Paula Victor ...
Mrs. Getz
Susan Blu ...
Lover Girl
Eddie Fontaine ...
Alex Fairbanks
Lou Tiano ...
Pulaski (as Louis Tiano)
Darrell Zwerling ...
Burton Armus ...
Burt Armus (as Burt Armus)
Jack Griffin ...
House Detective
Borah Silver ...
Dr. Prince


A young girl smuggles a stolen Canadian blank plate to New York in a leg cast. Her accomplice, an artist, is killed by a mob hit man but the girl manages to slip away from him at a hotel thanks to a friendly traveling salesman. Kojak investigates the murder of the artist and the killers trail leads him straight to the innocent salesman from Encino. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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20 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Canadian $20.00 bill would be worth US$75.00 in 2015, after converting from Canadian to American currency and adjusting for inflation. See more »


The car rental agreement Maurice Cherneff finds and uses to get Lloyd Tatum's address is for a Toyota Celica but Marta wasn't driving a Celica. See more »


Lt. Theo Kojak: The killer's got a 20 minute head start on us. How many homicides do you need? And you wanna wait for Forensic?
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References Rose-Marie (1936) See more »

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The Salesman from Encino
27 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Kojak illustrates a time honored maxim that I've always tried to follow, never pass up an opportunity to mind your own business. That's something that Chuck McCann playing a visiting salesman from Encino.

When McCann saved Lynne Marta from Jack Colvin in a hotel bar the poor guy figures he's scored better than he had any right to ever dream. The problem is that Marta has some stolen Canadian plates from their mint and Colvin has just murdered her boyfriend when he tried to hold him up for a bigger share. Marta in fact is the one that smuggled them into the USA in a plaster leg cast ostensibly from skiing. She saw Colvin kill the boyfriend and she has one of the plates.

Two murders later in the 18 hours mentioned in the episode title and poor McCann's become a target.

With a little help on background from the RCMP by phone, Kojak and the Manhattan South Squad are pointed in the right direction.

Chuck McCann whom I remember so well hosting kid's television on a local New York station back in the day is one fine dramatic and comedy actor. Here the accent is on the former and you will believe that McCann should have looked that pretty gift filly in the mouth.

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