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"Kojak" The Trade-Off (1975)

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Kojak: Season 2: Episode 24 -- Kojak arrests the ringleader (Mark Stevens) of a drug operation, and his gang kidnaps Captain McNeil's wife in order to trade her for the evidence they have against him.


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2 March 1975 (Season 2, Episode 24)
Kojak catches a big-time drug dealer with a massive amount of heroin. A call comes offering a trade:... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak

Michael C. Gwynne ... Blaise

Mark Stevens ... Manny Steiner

Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil

Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker

George Savalas ... Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Liam Dunn ... Faxy

Bruce Kirby ... Sgt. Al Vine
John Dullaghan ... Farrell
Harry Hickox ... Doorman
Jean Le Bouvier ... Lillian McNeil

Richmond Shepard ... Grundy
Mark Russell ... Det. Saperstein
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Paul Eastman ... Plainclothesman in Squadroom (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Benny (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Clarence (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Friedkin 
Writing credits
Abby Mann (created by)

Robert E. Swanson (written by)

Selwyn Raab (book)

Produced by
Jack Laird .... supervising producer
James Duff McAdams .... producer (as James McAdams)
Arthur E. McLaird .... associate producer
Matthew Rapf .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
Cinematography by
Charles Correll (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Larry Lester 
Art Direction by
William H. Tuntke 
Set Decoration by
Richard B. Goddard 
Production Management
Mike Frankovich Jr. .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Freedle .... assistant director
Sound Department
James F. Rogers .... sound
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Jobe .... costumes
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Billy Goldenberg .... composer: theme music
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Mario Simon .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Burton Armus .... technical advisor
Gene R. Kearney .... story editor (as Gene Kearney)
Phill Norman .... title designer: main titles
George Savalas .... production assistant
Crew verified as complete

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48 min
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A Case That Almost Drives Theo (and others) Crazy, 20 March 2012
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This crime is a tough one on "Theo Kojak." For a long time in this story, he keeps it to himself, driving the rest of the force crazy. They think he's lost his mind and he's disrupting the force. Finally, his longtime friend "Al" gets him to say what's bugging him.

Of course, we know all along what's happening. After a very rich dude - a guy Kojak has been trying to nab for eight years - gets caught with heroin at his place, it looks like curtains for him. However, one of sharp men he employs has a solution to keep to keep the boss out of jail. His plan is to kidnap "Captain McNeil's" wife and swap her for the evidence. Kojak is to get that evidence and keep his mouth shut, or "Lillian McNeil" will die.

The actor who plays the kidnapper is interesting. He kind of looked like a cross between Peter Fonda and Kevin Bacon. At any rate, he was an effective villain, more so than the big boss who hired him.

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