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Toma

Mar/21/1973
Toma is a master of disguise and a loner in a city ridden with crime. This movie of the week introduced David Toma, an unconventional Newark police officer. Here he chooses to uncover the operation of a gambling syndicate and bust it open all alone because the interference of other policemen has led to needless killings.
Guest Stars: Rose Barbato as Mother | David Toma as Det. Vinnie Cecca | David Mauro as Bags Rolland | Philip Michael Thomas as Sam Hooper | Abe Vigoda as Donzer | Nicholas Colasanto as Prolaci | Ron Soble as Harrison | David Spielberg as Marlowe | Robert Yuro as Frank Barber | Michael Baseleon as Tully

1 :01x01 - The Oberon Contract

Oct/04/1973
Effective beginning for this police series, sparked by the performance of Tony Musante as detective David Toma in a well-made chase tale. Toma employs a variety of costumes as disguises while combing the streets to help an ex-cop accused of murdering a city councilman. Toma is trying to clear an ex-junkie friend, Eddie Siatti (Martin Sheen), of a murder frame-up. The deceased is a silver-haired councilman who was shot dead by a swarthy man in a dark suit. Joe Santos plays the hood. Despite massive evidence pointing to ex-convict Eddie Siatti as the killer of the city councilman, Toma continues to investigate after learning of the victim's ties with organized crime.
Guest Stars: Ken Sansom as Adrian Fellows | Philip Michael Thomas as Bad Sam | Sonny Shields as McCloskey | Dennis McCarthy as Councilman Oberon | Caesar Cordova as Hector Portaz | Wyman Pendleton as Rocco Birrell | Joe Santos as Ritchie | Tiffany Bolling as Sheri | Martin Sheen as Eddie Siatti
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Story: Roy Huggins | Teleplay: Stephen J. Cannell

2 :01x02 - Ambush on 7th Avenue

Oct/11/1973
Toma (Tony Musante) investigates a gangland killing in which two respectable citizens were killed by mistake. He's also given assistance, a university student who tags along as an observer and tries to be a helper. It's all part of the police department's "field experience program."
Guest Stars: Vic Vallaro as unknown | Claire Brennen as Willa | Victor Arnold as Tierney | Roy Jenson as Corelle | Geoffrey Deuel as Donald F. Harkness / Larry Tabscot

3 :01x03 - Crime Without Victim

Oct/18/1973
Toma tells a kidnapping story with basically familiar elements and an easily-spotted inside man. What makes it worthwhile are some good characters—the victim's domineering mother (Madeleine Sherwood), dominated father (Brett Halsey) and blustering grandfather (Alex Dreier). Dreier patterned his portrayal after Ernest Hemingway, complete with beard. Despite the protests of the victim's wealthy neurotic mother, Toma investigates the kidnapping of an 18-year-old boy he once picked up for possession of marijuana.
Guest Stars: Abel Franco as Manny | Tony De Costa as Diego | Bert Santos as Roberto | Victor Mohica as Ernesto | Alex Dreier as Peter Blany | Scott Jacoby as Jesse Wheelwright | Madeleine Sherwood as Martha | Brett Halsey as Mark
Director: Daniel Haller
Story: Roy Huggins | Teleplay: Stephen J. Cannell

4 :01x04 - Stakeout

Oct/25/1973
Despite a veiled warning from Inspector Spooner, Toma takes on a partner to help keep track of an attractive young woman who may lead him to a million-dollar stash of cocaine.
Guest Stars: Oscar Degruy, Jr. as Buzz | William Brandon as Second Plainclothes Man | James V. Christy as First Plainclothes Man | David Toma as Market Manager | Don Gordon as Alex Keever | Skye Aubrey as Shirley | Jared Martin as Lenny
Writer: Roy Huggins

5 :01x05 - The Cain Connection

Nov/01/1973
Toma poses as a go-between in a narcotics sale involving a professor and the leader of two syndicates.
Guest Stars: Frank Christi as DeSanti | Eddie Firestone as Falon | Peter Brocco as Trinian | Joseph Campanella as Delmore | Barbara Sigel as Ellen | Judi Meredith as Edith | Michael Tolan as Cain
Director: Gary Nelson
Story: Roy Huggins | Teleplay: Stephen J. Cannell

6 :01x06 - Blockhouse Breakdown

Nov/08/1973
Toma poses as a cop-hating misfit in an aborted plan to lure a young sniper barricaded atop a building in the downtown section of the city. Armed with guns and grenades, Billy Haskell is taking shots at citizens from his fortress in a downtown section. As Inspector Spooner is about to order police in a helicopter to dispose of the sniper, Toma persuades the inspector to let him join Billy in the guise of an ally. The plan backfires when Toma, pretending to be a hate ridden social rebel, is dismissed as a freak by Billy, who ties him up to keep him out of the way.
Guest Stars: Michele Livingston as Donna Toma | David Toma as Attendant | Stuart Lancaster as Executive | John Davey (1) as Officer Menlo | Barry Cahill as Rippy | Claude Johnson as Davis | Betsy Jones-Moreland as Woman Manager | Sean Manning as Jimmy Toma | Joan Pringle as Sgt. Doris Harmony | Rudy Solari as Lieutenant DeGregorio | Jan-Michael Vincent as Billy Haskell

7 :01x07 - Frame-Up

Nov/15/1973
A crime syndicate boss orders the punishment of another syndicate family and has it done in such a way as to make it appear Dave Toma is responsible for the near-fatal beating of the hood. Marty Angelo persuades crime boss Sam Basseel to order severe punishment for Ralph Frechette, who has been having an affair with Angelo's wife, Tina. Basseel, whose closest friend, Carlo Prolaci, is in prison as a result of his arrest by Toma, sets up the "hit" on Frechette to serve a dual purpose. Frechette will be punished for violating a family rule and Toma will be suspended from the force after being framed as the man who administered the beating.
Guest Stars: John Davis Chandler as unknown | Joseph Hindy as Tommy Russo | Sal Ponti as Ralph Frechette | Sharon Gless as Judy | Dick Davalos as Marty Angelo | Nicholas Colasanto as Carlo Prolaci | Linda Marsh as Tina Angelo | Joe De Santis as Sam Basseel
Director: Marc Daniels

8 :01x08 - The Bambara Bust

Dec/06/1973
Toma travels abroad, posing as a professor of archaeology, to track down the source of a ring smuggling narcotics into the United States in artifacts purchased by American tourists. The series is based on the exploits of real-life Detective David Toma. In Madrid, Dave acquires a figurine of a fertility goddess known as the Bambara bust, which he soon discovers has been filled with bags of heroin. When he meets Marian Dalton, an attractive widow whose little girl is carrying a huge toy clown, the detective befriends the woman, whom he believes is linked with the smugglers. He arranges to return to the States aboard the same ocean liner with her.
Guest Stars: William Benedict as Cabbie | Abel Franco as Julio | Tammy Harrington as Nancy Dalton | Walt Davis as Eddy | Cliff Carnell as Mike Lange (Courier) | Kathleen Widdoes as Marian Dalton

9 :01x09 - 50 % of Normal

Jan/18/1974
Toma poses as a priest in order to obtain information from female victims about an attacker whose trademark is a ski mask. Toma moves to a new day and time. Tony Musante plays the cop (based on a real-life cop) and he and his wife, using pen names, wrote this original story. It's about a rapist and Toma's friend (Steven Keats), changed since Vietnam duty. Is
the friend also the rapist?
Guest Stars: David Toma as Doorman # 1 | William Bryant as Betseka | Zekial Marko as Prevert | Barbara Rhoades as Renee | Richard Eastham as Dr. Herman | Leigh Christian as Anne Larabee | Laurie Ferrone as Lillian Jenner | Louise Troy as Belle | Steven Keats as Freddy
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

10 :01x10 - Rock-a-Bye

Jan/25/1974
Dave infiltrates a baby selling racket after he and Patty are offered a newborn infant with an enormous price tag.
Guest Stars: Nora Heflin as unknown | Charles Johnson (1) as unknown | Mary Layne as Brenda | Daniel Ades as Father Pete | Philip Michael Thomas as Bad Sam | Frederick Rule as Davis
Director: Joseph Hardy

11 :01x11 - Time and Place Unknown (1)

Feb/08/1974
Toma infiltrates a gang planning a multimillion dollar bank robbery by posing as a crooked stunt driver, only to face a life-and-death challenge of proving his fake identity to increasingly suspicious gang members.
When hoodlum stunt driver Jim Androtti is killed ans Inspector Spooner succeed in keeping his death a secret, hoping that the gang leader, Ralph Connell, who has lost his driver, will attempt to enlist Androtti. The plot works. After spending weeks in the hospital, recuperating as Androtti, Dave is recruited by Connell on the day of his release. But Connell and his gang later become suspicious when the undercover cop pushes too hard for details of the caper.
One of a two-part drama
Guest Stars: Michael Richardson as unknown | Bruce Kirby as unknown | James G. Richardson as Art | Hilly Hicks as Bennie | Michael Baseleon as Harry | William Daniels as Connell

12 :01x12 - Time and Place Unknown (2)

Feb/15/1974
Having infiltrated a gang planning a bank robbery, Dave is forced to participate in the entire caper when a change of plans thwarts all communication with police headquarters.

Having assumed the identity of a crooked stunt driver in order to infiltrate a gang planning a multimillion-dollar burglary of go along with the entire caper when a change of plans thwarts all possibilities of his communicating with Inspector Spooner in Part II of "A Time and Place Unknown". Gang leader Ralph Connell has worked out every detail of a weekend break-in of a bank in the town of Stillwater. As driver-mechanic, Dave has been able to send in the license number and a description of the car to be used, but Connell makes a last-minute switch in vehicles. With Toma at the wheel, the gang shakes the police, leaving Spooner and Patty Toma in the dark as to the whereabouts of Dave.
Guest Stars: James G. Richardson as Art | Hilly Hicks as Bennie | William Daniels as Connell | Michael Baseleon as Harry | Bruce Kirby as unknown | Michael Richardson as unknown

13 :01x13 - A Funeral for Max Fabian

Feb/22/1974
Dave Toma poses as a stevedore on the East Coast docks to investigate corruption and a murder rising out of strife between rival factions of a union local. During a union election one of the supporters of Max Fabian, an honest man, is killed. Toma's investigation proves a mysterious powerful syndicate ruler will stop at nothing to halt Max Fabian from being elected.
Guest Stars: George Burrafato as Homer Garkos | Joseph Pepiciello as Wilbur | Peter Brocco as Old Man | Dennis Rucker as Phil Graham | Timothy Carey as Lenahan | Mel Stewart as Sawtelle | Roy Poole as Cody | Albert Salmi as Max Fabian
Writer: Zekial Marko

14 :01x14 - The Big Dealers

Mar/01/1974
Outraged by his nephew's addiction, Toma uses various disguises to reach a major narcotic czar.
Guest Stars: Regis Cordic as Santelli | Gianni Russo as Minnett | Jack Bender as Manny
Director: Russ Mayberry

15 :01x15 - The Contract on Alex Cordeen

Mar/08/1974
Toma agrees to give protection to an underworld chieftain whose execution could trigger a gangland war and endanger innocent citizens. A powerful mobster, who is believed to have ordered the execution of a rival syndicate leader, seeks Toma's help to save his own life and prevent a major gangland war. Things have been relatively peaceful between competing "families," when underworld patriarch Gustav Petroan is suddenly machine-gunned to death by four unknown assassins, all of whom escape. Shortly after, Toma, is contacted by Petroan's long-time enemy, Alex Cordeen, who asks for police protection from those who believe he ordered the execution. Dave is persuaded to cooperate when Cordeen explains that contract on himself could trigger an all-out gangland war in which many innocent citizens might be victims.
Guest Stars: Jan Arvan as unknown | Pamela Hensley as unknown | Victor Argo as Willa Bosa | John Milford as Harrison | Eddie Fontaine as Gino Torre | Harold Stone as Gustav Petroan | Frank DeKova as Alex Cordeen

16 :01x16 - Joey the Weep

Mar/22/1974
Distraught over the apparent gangstyle killing of his pal Joey, Dave Toma joins forces with a newsman to find out who actually killed their mutual friend. Joel Horowitz is a sentimental, small-time bookie known on the streets as "Joey the Weep." He is moved to tears when Dave tells him about the drug deaths caused by syndicate heads dealing in dope. Shortly afterward, Joey is murdered and Toma allows a newspaperman named Windy to work on the investigation with him. As Toma gets deeper into, the case, he grows increasingly suspicious of Windy's motives, especially when he learns that Windy is in trouble at home and at work.
Guest Stars: Martin Kove as Marco | Elliott Apstein as Sedak | Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Al (bus boy) | James Daris as Garo | Fred Sadoff as Green | Art Metrano as Joey | Jack Kelly as Windy
Story: Roy Huggins | Teleplay: Don Carlos Dunaway

17 :01x17 - Friends of Danny Beecher

Mar/29/1974
Toma impersonates the former cellmate of a young ex-con suspected of murdering a policeman who accidentally killed the youth's girlfriend during a raid.
Guest Stars: Cindy Carr as Lucille | Teresa Medaris as Karen | Kirk Mee as Art Connors | Barry Russo as Detective Pellegrini | Kathleen Lloyd as Marcy | Sarah Fankboner as Connie | Nick Nolte as Wally | Martine Bartlett as Mrs. Beecher | Ralph Meeker as Frank Beecher | Kristoffer Tabori as Danny Beecher
Story: Gloryette Clark | Teleplay: Edward Hume

18 :01x18 - The Madam

Apr/12/1974
Toma poses as a wealthy Italian businessman to nab the proprietress of a ring of young drug addicted prostitutes
Guest Stars: Suzanne Charney as Pepper | Terrence O'Connor as Marge | Charles Picerni as Falloan | Ina Balin as Erica
Director: Michael Schultz
Story: Roy Huggins | Teleplay: Juanita Bartlett

19 :01x19 - Pound of Flesh

Apr/19/1974
Toma's marriage is threatened when his wife Patty refuses to reveal information about a shakedown operation in which her one-time boyfriend is involved.
Guest Stars: Marisa Del Rio as Waitress | Jack Krupnick as Bartender | Mike Robelo as Willie Dee | Joseph Della Sorte as Lucius Carbon | Pepper Martin as Crackers | Ray Danton as Al Dancer | Val Bisoglio as Johnny Lippy | Hildy Brooks as Edie Angelus | Joseph Hindy as Jack Angelus
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

20 :01x20 - Indictment

Apr/26/1974
Discovery of an eyewitness to a recent murder prompts a reaction from the prosecutor that sends Toma on his own search for the truth. Toma is working on a murder case and discovers a real estate fraud which leads to a grand jury investigation of a corrupt politician.
Guest Stars: Dick Balduzzi as unknown | Antonio Fargas as unknown | Quinn Redeker as unknown | Marc Alaimo as unknown | Edward Faulkner as Lewis | Jess Walton as Helen | Jamie Farr as Barney | John Kerr (1) as Prosecutor
Director: Gary Nelson
Story: Roy Huggins | Teleplay: Juanita Bartlett

21 :01x21 - The Street

May/03/1974
A ghetto vice kingpin plans to wipe out his competition by making a deal with the deranged leader of a crime syndicate; guest Abe Vigoda.
Guest Stars: Abe Vigoda as Unknown | Scatman Crothers as unknown | Don Pedro Colley as unknown | Peter Brocco as unknown | Henry Brown (1) as Bel-Hardie | Paul Michael Glaser as Bello | Percy Rodriguez as Houston
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Writer: Zekial Marko

22 :01x22 - The Accused

May/10/1974
While patrolling a riot-ridden neighborhood, a heavily armed police officer (Claude Akins) opens fire on a seemingly harmless looting suspect.
Guest Stars: David Toma as Detective | John Milford as Officer Schuyler | Ted Gehring as Liquor Store Owner | Ken Lynch as Lieutenant Heffren | Todd Martin (1) as Prosecutor | Philip Michael Thomas as Bad Sam | Chas Floyd Johnson as Billy Williams | Claude Akins as Bernie Travlos
Director: Russ Mayberry
Story: David Toma | Teleplay: Don Carlos Dunaway
Warning: Toma guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: October 04, 1973
Ended: August 29, 1974
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