Kojak (1973–1978)
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The Summer of '69: Part 1 

A young woman is found stabbed to death in the trunk of a car, the MO that of the serial murderer who terrorized Manhattan some eight years earlier (the summer of '69). The main suspect as ... See full summary »


Gene R. Kearney


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


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
Stephen McHattie ... Ray Blaine
Alex Dreier ... The Man
Harrison Page ... Quade
Pepe Serna ... Rudy Diaz
Phillip R. Allen ... Lt. Williamson
Woodrow Parfrey ... George Devane
Thalmus Rasulala ... Chief of Detectives
Catlin Adams ... Sheila
Diane Baker ... Irene Van Patten
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Silas
Kirk Calloway Kirk Calloway ... Harold Woods


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A young woman is found stabbed to death in the trunk of a car, the MO that of the serial murderer who terrorized Manhattan some eight years earlier (the summer of '69). The main suspect as the "Clothesline Killer" was shot and killed by Kojak while trying to escape. Theo (and his bosses) then question whether or not he killed the right man, especially after more bodies start turning up. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Kojak feels the heat
16 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A body of a young female is discovered with a bit of rope still tied around her neck and when Telly Savalas gets the call it brings back some bad memories. Back in the summer of 1969 when he was keeping company with Diane Baker and it looked like it was getting serious he was on the case of this serial killer who used this method. It's looking like he shot the wrong man when the alleged perpetrator was fleeing police custody.

Of course 1 Police Plaza is looking to protect its own reputation so the most commended detective on the NYPD is ordered by the Chief of Detectives Thalmus Rasulala to sit it out.

That's nothing Kojak is about to do, he takes vacation time and investigates on his own. As he retraces his steps he comes into contact with Baker again out of necessity.

It's revealed right away that the real killer is Stephen McHattie who is an amateur fighter who kind of does this for a sideline. Way before the police get on his trail a most mysterious man played by Alex Dreier follows McHattie's little hobby.

Nicely done and continued in a second part.

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4 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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