Kojak (1973–1978)
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Two men put a cushion over a beautiful blond's mouth and then hang her from the chandelier. The ME thinks it's suicide, but Kojak believes Azure Dee was murdered. Having met her as a young ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Roger Robinson ... Gil Weaver
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Tyler Meadows
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
John Glover ... Billy Jo
Priscilla Pointer ... Regina
Walter Brooke ... Judge Lavery
Eric Christmas ... O'Malley
Terence Locke Terence Locke ... Farley (as Terrence Locke)
Jean Willes ... Savannah
Sam Laws ... Eddie Maxwell
Mark Giardino Mark Giardino ... Hamerman
Denyce Liston Denyce Liston ... Azure Dee


Two men put a cushion over a beautiful blond's mouth and then hang her from the chandelier. The ME thinks it's suicide, but Kojak believes Azure Dee was murdered. Having met her as a young runaway strung out on drugs, Kojak had been proud of her progress. Azure had long since gotten clean from drugs and was now a call girl with a select and moneyed clientèle. To the consternation of his boss, Kojak insists on pursuing it as a homicide, calling attention to the total absence of personal items from her apartment. Her phone bill in the mailbox connects her to the Meadows family; her doorman provides leads regarding the males she entertained (including a judge). At her funeral, a young man shoots at Farley Meadows and is shot running away. Kojak finally puts the pieces together and arranges a confrontation in the Meadows home with all the suspects present. Written by jeaneva

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2 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Telly Savalas sang the title song at the beginning of the episode "Azure Dee". See more »


Azure Dee
Lyrics by James Duff McAdams (as James McAdams)
Music by John Cacavas
Sung by Telly Savalas
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The Party's Over for the Party Girl
3 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As usual Kojak's instincts are right. The apparent suicide by hanging of call girl Denyce Liston is not a suicide. Several years earlier Telly Savalas busted this woman when she was a teenage junkie and then just peddling her body for a fix. She kicked the junk, but now folks pay some big bucks for her offerings.

Before it's declared a homicide Kojak has the squad investigating this one. As it turns out not only sex is being offered, but some high price stock fixing involving a sitting judge who was one of her clients and a top executive who was another.

Some good players like Priscilla Pointer, Stephen Elliott, John Glover, and Roger Robinson doing one of his semi-regular appearances as Gil Weaver on the Manhattan South Squad.

Kojak took this one real personal, even more than normal.

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