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Arnie Naylor
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Jake Grubert
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Valano (as Michael Delano)
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Sandra Deel ...
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Jack Rader ...
Tony
Patrick Strong ...
Lester
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Protection racketeers preying upon neighborhood bars fall out of favor with each other, leading to violent enforcement action taken against bar patrons and even an undercover detective posing as a bartender. The crime boss cuts the ties to his loose-cannon right-hand man, who decides to take over the racket and cut out the boss. But even with a wired informant, Kojak can't get the goods on the perps. Ultimately, Detective Crocker is tested when he has to decide whether to trust the loyalty of a friend or the force. Written by imdb-19700

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16 February 1975 (USA)  »

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'Crocker' Takes Center Stage
8 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first episode in which "Det. Crocker" got some major air time. Oh, it's still Kojak solving the case but it hits some hard for "Bobby" as one of the bad guys - maybe even the killer - might be his old boyhood pal "Benny" (James Sutorius) It takes awhile "Crocker' (Kevin Dobson) to accept this as Kojak and the crew work on a case of a gang which is into extortion. One night, while threatening one bar owner and then trashing the place, a man trying to help a victim is shot and killed. That's when this extortion racket really gets police attention.

Crocker, Benny and his fiancé "Marie" (Carol Demas) all share the spotlight in this somewhat-emotional story. The big boss, "Arnie Naylor" doesn't appear often but Brad Dexter makes him into a memorable gangster. Michael Delano is also riveting as the undercover cop "Valano."

Overall, a great episode with a lot of interesting characters.


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