Kojak (1973–1978)
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The Best Judge Money Can Buy 

A dishonest judge (Phillip Mackie, Jr.) is found in his car, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Though no marks of restraint were found, Kojak suspects murder and begins to investigate. A... See full summary »

Director:

Leo Penn

Writers:

Abby Mann (created by), Gene R. Kearney (as Gene Kearney) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
John Randolph ... Judge Philip Templeton Mackie, Sr.
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... Martin Bronson
Melissa Murphy Melissa Murphy ... Kimberley Hyatt
Dorothy Tristan ... Ellen
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
John Aniston ... Webster
Abe Vigoda ... Kilty
Bruno VeSota ... Revelson
Jack Kutcher Jack Kutcher ... Rizell
Walter Stocker Walter Stocker ... Judge Mackie, Jr.
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A dishonest judge (Phillip Mackie, Jr.) is found in his car, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Though no marks of restraint were found, Kojak suspects murder and begins to investigate. A private investigator is seen at the funeral delivering a satchel (which contains incriminating tapes); a girlfriend of the deceased is also there. A crooked lawyer seeks to subvert the senior Mackie (also a judge) in order to allow a mob boss to be released on bail during his appeal and flee the country. To protect his son's reputation, Mackie agrees but reconsiders when he learns that his daughter-in-law conspired with Bronson to arrange the murder of his son. Kojak's faith in justice is confirmed. Written by jeaneva

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1974 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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John Randolph Elevates The Already-Good Story
15 February 2012 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This exceeded all expectations. It wound up being a fascinating case and had some good acting, thanks to veteran John Randolph, "Phillip Mackie Sr." Randolph played the elder, honest judge and father to a dishonest one, "Phillip Mackie Jr." (Walter Stocker) of the big villains in the story). The other bad-guy, "Martin Bronson," was effectively portrayed by Walter McGinn.

Those might not be names you're familiar with, but Randolph was in a lot of TV shows and movies. You probably know the name "Abe Vigoda" of "Barney Miller" fame. Well, as in "The Godfather," Vigoda plays a heavy but his role in minor in this story.

It's a solid episode and well worth your time.


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