Kojak (1973–1978)
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Elegy in an Asphalt Graveyard 

Two men put a cushion over a beautiful blond's mouth and then hang her from the chandelier. The ME thinks it's suicide, but Kojak believes Azure Dee was murdered. Having met her as a young ... See full summary »

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Roger Robinson ...
Gil Weaver
Stephen Elliott ...
Tyler Meadows
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Capt. Frank McNeil
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Det. Bobby Crocker
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Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
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Billy Jo
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Regina
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Judge Lavery
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O'Malley
Terence Locke ...
Farley (as Terrence Locke)
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Savannah
Sam Laws ...
Eddie Maxwell
Mark Giardino ...
Hamerman
Denyce Liston ...
Azure Dee
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Two men put a cushion over a beautiful blond's mouth and then hang her from the chandelier. The ME thinks it's suicide, but Kojak believes Azure Dee was murdered. Having met her as a young runaway strung out on drugs, Kojak had been proud of her progress. Azure had long since gotten clean from drugs and was now a call girl with a select and moneyed clientèle. To the consternation of his boss, Kojak insists on pursuing it as a homicide, calling attention to the total absence of personal items from her apartment. Her phone bill in the mailbox connects her to the Meadows family; her doorman provides leads regarding the males she entertained (including a judge). At her funeral, a young man shoots at Farley Meadows and is shot running away. Kojak finally puts the pieces together and arranges a confrontation in the Meadows home with all the suspects present. Written by jeaneva

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2 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Azure Dee
Lyrics by James Duff McAdams (as James McAdams)
Music by John Cacavas
Sung by Telly Savalas
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The Party's Over for the Party Girl
3 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As usual Kojak's instincts are right. The apparent suicide by hanging of call girl Denyce Liston is not a suicide. Several years earlier Telly Savalas busted this woman when she was a teenage junkie and then just peddling her body for a fix. She kicked the junk, but now folks pay some big bucks for her offerings.

Before it's declared a homicide Kojak has the squad investigating this one. As it turns out not only sex is being offered, but some high price stock fixing involving a sitting judge who was one of her clients and a top executive who was another.

Some good players like Priscilla Pointer, Stephen Elliott, John Glover, and Roger Robinson doing one of his semi-regular appearances as Gil Weaver on the Manhattan South Squad.

Kojak took this one real personal, even more than normal.


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