Kojak (1973–1978)
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The Chinatown Murders: Part 1 

Kojak races to stop a Mafia war, incited by Chinatown hoodlums. First, the young tong mobsters ripoff a knock-over of a Crespi family policy operation, by low-level soldiers of the Scalesi ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Michael Constantine ... Don 'Cheech' Frank Scalesi
Sheree North ... Mrs. Giancana
Tige Andrews ... Sergeant Geno Polucci
Roger Robinson ... Gil Weaver
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Leonardo Cimino ... Ruby Kabelsky
Milton Selzer ... Nathan Davidoff
Robert Ito ... Sammy Loo
Victor Argo ... Joseph Crespi
Vincent Baggetta Vincent Baggetta ... Nino La Rocca (as Vincent Beggetta)
Patrick Adiarte ... Leonard Wong
Val Bisoglio ... Barney Bramley


Kojak races to stop a Mafia war, incited by Chinatown hoodlums. First, the young tong mobsters ripoff a knock-over of a Crespi family policy operation, by low-level soldiers of the Scalesi clan. Not suspecting that the masked murderers are Chinese, the Crespis dispatch their Jewish consigliere to recoup the loss from Scalesi godfather Don Cheech, and discern if the Scalesies are muscling in on their territory. All atwitter, Lt. Kojak calls in NYPD Cosa Nostra expert Sgt. Polucci, to help stave off a full-scale gang war. Written by David Stevens

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15 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


A ubiquitous "Personality Poster" of the time of W.C. Fields holding playing cards in the film "My Little Chickadee" - is seen hanging on the wall of the young Chinese criminals' lair throughout both episodes of this 'two-parter'. See more »


Mrs. Giancana: [after accusing her husband of being involved in loan sharking] Excuse me Lieutenant, I hope I'm mistaken. Surely you aren't suggesting that my husband is a usurer?
Lt. Theo Kojak: Mrs. Giancana, I'd rather take up basket weaving.
Mrs. Giancana: Louis Giancana is a respected and respectable furniture manufacturer. He's also a fund raiser for over a dozen charities, a devout Church goer and a father. He's also veteran of the Korean War with a Good Conduct Medal and a 10% disability pension. And you would malign a man like that...
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Referenced in Kojak: Justice for All (1978) See more »

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Solid Opening, But You Have To Really Pay Attention
20 October 2011 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a good opening to the second season of Kojak" a two-part series that keeps the viewer's interest, especially this first half.

The only problem I found was keeping track of everyone because this story has a lot of twists, almost right from the start. Without giving away anything, it involves gang syndicates and bosses against each other, for each other, not sure about either, a traitor among one of the gangs, and an outside group taking on - unbeknown to them and the cops - both of the mobs. You really have to be alert to figure out everything that is happening.

Perhaps the most dramatic figure in all of this is the ailing "Don Cheech Frank Scalesi," played by Michael Constantine.

The most memorable scene might be the one with Sheree North in her nightgown with breasts and nipples very evident. That bra-less look was in during this period on TV and Miss North had a lot of show.

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