who is it?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #1
A shadow entering
With all that popular culture material residing on my hard drives, and with all the hodgepodge of “knowledge” and trivia about it residing in my head, I thought it to be a good idea to launch a quiz series in here.
    To ease your start into the new week, every Monday I will post a screenshot from a movie or television series and ask some more or less clever question. One week later the post will be updated with the solution—which normally will be a screenshot, too, with explanation of course, plus some trivia and associations. Presumably it will mostly be science fiction, horror, and superheroes, but not exclusively.
    And here we go: Who casts his shadow upon that frosted glass inset of the door he opens? It’s the lead of a 1970s hit television series. And no, he didn’t yet appear on xirdalium or ye ole xirdalium—which is astounding, as he is an all-time childhood hero of mine.
    Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be held, but published immediately by the system.]
    Sorry no prices, it’s just for the fun ;-)
UPDATE and solution (31st October 2011):
Lt. Theo Kojak, Manhattan South
It is Lieutenant Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas)! That was a fast one. The quiz was only eight hours and 53 minutes old, when Alexander Rabitsch hit it. Before that (when the quiz was only one hour old) klandestino suggested a clever, but nevertheless wrong solution—which I had anticipated :-) All in all the riddle seems to have been far too easy. I’ll cook up a tougher one for next Monday, I promise.
    The screenshots I took from season 4 (1976-1977), episode 22
Kiss it All Goodbye,” which originally aired on 22nd February 1977. The episode is remarkable for several reasons: Kojak’s number one sidekick detective Bobby Crocker (Kevin Dobson) deeply falls in love, the episode was directed by Telly Savalas himself, and the bad guy Ben Wiley is played by a youthful Christopher Walken.
    Mr Walken had had his debut on the big screen six years earlier in “The Anderson Tapes” (Lumet 1971), starring Sean Connery. This heist-movie is remarkable as well. It is not exactly cyberpunk, but the first movie to broach the issue of pervasive surveillance by technological means (which is depicted on a grand scale and in a haunting way) and its mis/use by private agencies and public institutions.

LUMET, SIDNEY. 1971. The Anderson tapes [motion picture]. Culver City: Columbia Pictures.
SAVALAS, ARISTOTELIS “TELLY”. 1977. Kiss it all goodbye [tv-series episode]. Kojak 4(22). New York: CBS.

Can’t resist … here’s a follow-up for you wiseguys: As you probably know Kojak always is clad in immaculate suits, a real dandy. Who tailored and furnished Mr Savalas’ wardrobe? ;-)

  • klandestino Monday, 31st October 2011 at 01:01

    well..first of all: NICE IDEA!

    It would be too easy, and it’s nor sci-fi neither horror, but I’d say: Who is Spiderman ;)
    Why: Seems to wear a mask `cause there’s no hairstyle visible..

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 31st October 2011 at 07:45

      Well, well, that is what I call an early bird, klandestino—posting the first comment at one o’clock in the morning :-) You’re right that it is neither sci-fi nor horror, but I’m sorry it neither is superheroes. Nevertheless I’ll update the post to “mostly sci-fi, horror, and superheroes” (but not exclusively!). Regardless, your guess was a good one. In fact, after I had taken the screenshot, I also thought “it could be your friendly neighbourhood spider.” That’s why I hid the word “astounding” in the text. Don’t know if you’ve been misled by that, though. I’m afraid, it ain’t Spider-man, but to reward the good effort, here’s another hint: The man who casts the shadow does what he does in the same city as Spidey.

      P.S.: Do you mean that I seem to wear a mask, because there’s no hairstyle visible on me?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 31st October 2011 at 09:54

    Kojak? Is it?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 31st October 2011 at 19:34

      Yes, it is—congratulations! :-) I’ve updated the post accordingly.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 31st October 2011 at 21:43

    >>Entzückend<< thx :) :D

  • klandestino Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 19:14

    ah, damn…I’ve forgotten you posted (several times) spiderman-related articles..golly gosh ;)
    But to be honest, I got misled by myseld, because I thought it was a cartoon regarding the structure of the door…well well..so next time I won’t post neither as the first nor at one o`clock. As it seems, my senses are at sleep-mode at this times, I guess ;)

    Regarding the second ques: :-X ;)

    And third:
    You mentioned The Anderson Tapes. Quite recently I watched The Conversation (Coppola 1974) , with Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall (!) and the young Harrison Ford! It touches the same issues you mentioned: Surveillance, abuse by federal institutions, outsourcing/private companies, but also problems of identity, paranoiac behavior and mutual trust as well. A great movie imo. It won several awards and Coppolas son had a small appearance in the church…
    G. Hackman is always wearing a raincoat over his sleazy suit…as I don’t know if you’ve already watched the film i keep my fingers still…but I have a theory why it is a raincoat..
    I love these old films! They have something special! One of my favs: Three Days of the Condor…

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 21:44

    Charles Waldo? George Whittaker? Bill Jobe? Any of them?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 21:49

    … they bought him BOTANY 500 clothes ….

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 22:03

    And he´s great in that suits. This issue brings me back to the questions of tieing a tie. I found some real cool stuff there and I dought some of theses concerning the maximum number of possible knots as suggested by Fink´n´Mao … They had no idea of inverted knots and the combination of both kind ….

  • klandestino Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 22:25

    thumbs up for BOTANY 500.

  • klandestino Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 23:32
  • klandestino Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 23:36
  • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 at 07:06

    Now, you two are real aficionados—and finally there’s something happening here, in the comments section :-) The follow-up also was solved in no time by Alexander Rabitsch. Just you wait for next Monday, I’m cooking up something really evil.
        And, yes, Botany 500 it is, already proven by the screenshot klandestino linked to.
        Speaking of inverse tie knots: Somewhen during the next days I’ll rescue all the entries on them from the old xirdalium and import them here. A new tag ‘dandyism’ is overdue as well.
        Thomas Fink and Yong Mao indeed didn’t know anything about the inverse knots. My suspicion is that they would have rejected them anyway, because they’re too far away from traditional knots.
        @klandestino: Thanks a lot for hinting me to “The Conversation” (Coppola 1974); I looked it up and can’t remember that I’ve seen it yet. It’s on my list now and sounds to be exactly of my taste :-)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 at 08:56

    No way of rejecting any tieknot! Sometimes I do use needles to keep them in form!
    Dandyism is overdue! I cannot but agree!

  • klandestino Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 at 17:24

    @Alexander: 100% agree!!

  • klandestino Monday, 14th November 2011 at 23:59

    just for the record:
    Telly Savalas also acted in the 1962
    movie Cape Fear (which was adapted in the great film with the same name of 1991 with Nick Nolte and the great Robert De Niro)

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