Kojak (1973–1978)
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A Strange Kind of Love 

A taxicab driver listens to a female late-night talk-radio host during his beat. The host frequently inveighs against evildoers in the city, and the psychotic driver decides to take her up ... See full summary »

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Sutton Roley

Writers:

Abby Mann (created by), Joseph Polizzi | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
James Sutorius ... Lawson
Lee Bryant ... Rita McCall
Carole Cook ... Marie Stella
Mari Gorman ... Molly Lawson
Raymond Singer ... Medical Examiner
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Talbert (as Joseph Perry)
Juno Dawson ... Hooker
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Det. Saperstein
Vince Conti Vince Conti ... Det. Rizzo
Doug Hale Doug Hale ... Bradford
Michael Alldredge ... Katkoff
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Storyline

A taxicab driver listens to a female late-night talk-radio host during his beat. The host frequently inveighs against evildoers in the city, and the psychotic driver decides to take her up on it - stalking the people who she names and gunning them down. Written by Peter Harris

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

WWRK's Rita McCall radio phone in number is 555-9970. See more »

Goofs

Lieutenant Kojak's car is heard using the trademarked sound of a Federal Signal Q siren. There is no room to fit a Q siren anywhere on Lieutenant Kojak's vehicle including under the hood, for the Q siren is too large. See more »

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The Nightbird
15 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

New York graveyard shift radio personality Alison Steele is the character on which Lee Bryant's portrayal is based on. And a great deal of taxi driver James Sutorius's character is based on Robert DeNiro's character in Taxi Driver.

Seeing that classic and seeing Sutorius in this Kojak episode will make you think that NYC cabbies are a strange lot. Sutorius has fallen in love with the voice Bryant as she speaks unintentionally to his insecurities. Sutorius starts killing people he imagines she would like to see eliminated.

Telly Savalas figures out pretty quickly that the calls have to do with the radio show, but pinning down Sutorius is another matter. And Bryant resents any implication that she's somehow responsible.

Sutorius and Bryant are outstanding in their roles really the regulars in this episode take a back seat.


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