On his first day on the job, a young rookie cop gets into a shootout with a gang of mob killers.

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Patrolman Ralph Warren
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Sgt. Harry Sumar
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'Fish' Fisher (as Normann Burton)
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Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Buffy Dee ...
Catonsky
Erica Yohn ...
Mrs. Warren
Raymond O'Keefe ...
Laggo
Gene Dynarski ...
Lairdson
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Sweetzer
Richard Karlan ...
Uniformed Capt.
Vince Conti ...
Rizzo
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On his first day of duty, Patrolman Ralph Warren, whose father was a decorated policeman, is running late. He stops to call in and sees a man being hanged by two others. When they see him, they flee. The rookie pursues them into the street, where they hit a pedestrian with their car. Kojak believes it is a gang war between the Fisher and Largo gangs. When a couple of Largo's guys are knocked off, they want revenge on Fisher's men. Actually, the feud has been set in motion by a third group which no one suspects, not even Kojak. Written by jeaneva

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24 November 1974 (USA)  »

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The story is set in New York but a yellow bus that was used by the Los Angeles Rapid Transit District passes by on the street. See more »

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Making believer
6 May 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

My nephew started as an NYPD officer on New Year's Eve, but I he didn't make as spectacular a debut as Mark Shera did on his first day on the job.

Shera who was looking to make a call to his precinct because he was running late in those days before cellphones and believe me trying to find a working public phone in New York City could be a lifetime quest happens to interrupt a mob hit. He makes a lot of rookie mistakes, but his sergeant from the Academy David Doyle believes in him and after awhile so does Lt. Kojak.

They have to because this is looking like the opening shots in a turf war for territory on the Lower East Side. This is an episode where Telly Savalas shows himself to be a master at psychological warfare with both heads of the two factions. Plays them off beautifully against each other.

You have to see it to believe it.


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