Kojak (1973–1978)
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The elusive 'Excalibur' killer has returned to New York after an absence of two years and Kojak is determined to catch him this time. All of the victims are single women strangled with a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Theo Kojak
... Ted Strong
... Capt. Frank McNeil
... Det. Bobby Crocker
Mark Gordon ... Detective 'Chic' Chiccaloni
Jenifer Shaw ... Eloise
Stewart Moss ... Deerfield
... Gus
... Det. Cahan
... Fern
... 1st Reporter
J.S. Johnson ... Eric
Jon Rashad Kamal ... Hindu (as Prince Rashad Kamal)
... Sgt. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Delia Salvi ... Mrs. Servadora


The elusive 'Excalibur' killer has returned to New York after an absence of two years and Kojak is determined to catch him this time. All of the victims are single women strangled with a stocking with a quarter in it, then left in water with the mark of Excalibur on their forehead and a purple cord around their neck. Clues soon lead Crocker to a bar called The Body Boutique where a regular group of artists, models and gurus hang out. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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21 November 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A well-known book among entomologists, "Insects of the World" by Walter Linsenmaier (Mcgraw-Hill, June 1972) makes repeated appearances during the last 30 minutes of this Kojak episode, starting at 28 minutes/30 seconds into the episode, then later the book is examined by the lieutenant when he's sitting in Kojak's office, and its then in the background of the final scene with Kojak in his office. The book is never mentioned in the episode. See more »


Shadow of boom mike on green door as Mr. Hepplewhite leaves See more »


Eric: I can't call Eloise off a massage. A massage is like music, you know? You get it going, you gotta keep it going.
Detective 'Chic' Chiccaloni: You keep it going while I talk to her, okay?
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Book credit courtesy: "Insects of the World" by Walter Linsenmaier McGraw-Hill Publisher See more »


References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Manhattan South Nails a Serial Killer
12 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Although it takes a while to find out that they do have a serial killer, Telly Savalas and the detectives from Manhattan South get to work on a serial killer who was doing his work in Vietnam before relocating to New York.

Some of Telly Savalas's best scenes are on the phone with the mother of a previous victim. No dialog on the other hand, but Telly's expressions say a lot more than his dialog would give him. Kojak was one throughly dedicated cop.

Our killer is a guy with a bushy head of hair and several of the cops put on wigs for a lineup. There's a bit of humor involved with the fact that poor Stavros doesn't need any wig for that. I did so love George Savalas as Stavros in this series. Always the good natured butt of Kojak's zingers.

In fact a wig plays a big part in solving this one.

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