Kojak (1973–1978)
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May the Horse Be with You 

Horse stealing in New York City is the focus of this episode, focusing on the kidnapping of a mare in foal and the attempts to sell her offspring (which has already been pegged as a champion racehorse) to various bidders.


Charles S. Dubin


Abby Mann (created by), Rift Fournier | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros
Mary Louise Weller ... Stacy
Roz Kelly ... Millie
Steve Franken ... Arnie Goldman
Benny Baker ... Danny Fogarty
Richard Foronjy ... Ferarro
Ric Mancini Ric Mancini ... Woody
Sally Kirkland ... Shirley
Jeff Conaway ... Bert Gaines
Sy Kramer Sy Kramer ... Elliott Myles
Jill Jaress ... Harriett
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Det. Saperstein


A 40-year veteran cop stables his horse (illegally) in the NYPD stables where he is a groom; he is shot trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent her being stolen. The thief knows that the filly is expecting, that the sire is a champion racehorse. The plan is to sell her foal to the highest bidder. The incompetent thief is in over his head with a gangster literally calling the shots. The chase scenes are reminiscent of a Keystone-Cops-type western. Written by jeaneva

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Release Date:

25 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Disappointing episode
27 June 2014 | by TurboarrowIIISee all my reviews

Kojak was a really great series. However, I found this episode to be very disappointing. It seemed to be played for laughs with slapstick and contrived situations. All the actors, including Telly Savalas, seemed to be treating it as a comedy without the usual Kojak professionalism. The interplay between the characters which was usually a great part of the show was forced in this episode and it really came across more as a farce. This was one of the last episodes of Kojak and maybe they wanted to try to lighten it up a bit but I didn't think it worked as Kojak was always a polished, well acted and professional series which didn't need to resort to poor attempts at comedy. A very poor entry in the series.

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