Kojak races to stop a Mafia war, incited by Chinatown hoodlums. First, the young tong mobsters ripoff a knock-over of a Crespi family policy operation, by low-level soldiers of the Scalesi ... See full summary »

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Don 'Cheech' Frank Scalesi
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Nathan Davidoff
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Kojak races to stop a Mafia war, incited by Chinatown hoodlums. First, the young tong mobsters ripoff a knock-over of a Crespi family policy operation, by low-level soldiers of the Scalesi clan. Not suspecting that the masked murderers are Chinese, the Crespis dispatch their Jewish consigliere to recoup the loss from Scalesi godfather Don Cheech, and discern if the Scalesies are muscling in on their territory. All atwitter, Lt. Kojak calls in NYPD Cosa Nostra expert Sgt. Polucci, to help stave off a full-scale gang war. Written by David Stevens

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Solid Opening, But You Have To Really Pay Attention
20 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a good opening to the second season of Kojak" a two-part series that keeps the viewer's interest, especially this first half.

The only problem I found was keeping track of everyone because this story has a lot of twists, almost right from the start. Without giving away anything, it involves gang syndicates and bosses against each other, for each other, not sure about either, a traitor among one of the gangs, and an outside group taking on - unbeknown to them and the cops - both of the mobs. You really have to be alert to figure out everything that is happening.

Perhaps the most dramatic figure in all of this is the ailing "Don Cheech Frank Scalesi," played by Michael Constantine.

The most memorable scene might be the one with Sheree North in her nightgown with breasts and nipples very evident. That bra-less look was in during this period on TV and Miss North had a lot of show.


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