Kojak (1973–1978)
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Close Cover Before Killing 

A greedy businessman (Morton Tallman) commissions an arson, but his partner Nick threatens to tell the police if it happens. Tallman kills his partner and turns a large bookcase over his ... See full summary »

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Abby Mann (created by), Peter S. Fischer | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Alex Rocco ... Morton Tallman
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
David Ackroyd ... Vincent Hackley
Nate Esformes ... Leonard Tapler
Catlin Adams ... Theresa Ryan (as Nira Barab)
Richard X. Slattery ... Egan
Ben Hammer ... Nick Vane
Anne Wyndham ... Linda
Erik Estrada ... Luis
Candice Azzara ... Agnes (as Candy Azzara)
Darrell Zwerling ... Agajanian
Robert De Anda Robert De Anda ... Mando (as Robert de Anda)
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A greedy businessman (Morton Tallman) commissions an arson, but his partner Nick threatens to tell the police if it happens. Tallman kills his partner and turns a large bookcase over his body, expecting the fire to cover his tracks. The ME finds a blunt instrument trauma to the head and no soot in Nick's lungs, proving he died before the fire. In spite of a young man's being identified as fleeing from the scene, Kojak is convinced Tallman is involved and sets out to find the evidence. It seems the fire is connected to a larger arson insurance scam, as well as some mob loans to businesses in trouble. Written by jeaneva

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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If you watch this and other episodes when Kojak pours coffee he pours it sideways not the usual way. See more »

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Rocco Plays A Guy As Tough-Sounding As His Name
2 February 2012 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A greedy businessman kills his partner and then sets the office on fire to cover his tracks.

However, the fire leaves some evidence that the victim was killed with a blunt instrument and Kojak slowly puts the pieces together while the schemer/murderer "Morton Tallman" continues to be a nasty dude. Alex Rocco is convincing in his role as "Tallman." He's the kind of guy who really want to see get what's-coming-to-him.

Erik Estrada is featured here as "Luis," one of the big suspects in this case, a guy seeing fleeing the scene. Estrada went on to TV stardom as the co-star on "CHiPs," that aired from 1977 to 1981. He is still acting.


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