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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Toma poses as a go-between in a narcotics sale involving a professor and the leader of two syndicates.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Dave infiltrates a baby selling racket after he and Patty are offered a newborn infant with an enormous price tag.
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
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.
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.
Outraged by his nephew's addiction, Toma uses various disguises to reach a major narcotic czar.
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.
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.
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.
Toma poses as a wealthy Italian businessman to nab the proprietress of a ring of young drug addicted prostitutes
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.
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.
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. Toma enlists the aid of a powerful pimp to stop a mob takeover of prostitution and
avert a potential race war.
While patrolling a riot-ridden neighborhood, a heavily armed police officer (Claude Akins) opens fire on a seemingly harmless looting suspect.