Columbo: Season 1, Episode 3

Dead Weight (27 Oct. 1971)

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A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness.

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Maj. Gen. Martin J. Hollister
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Mrs. Walters
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Helen Stewart
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Col. Roger Dutton
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While on a sailing-boat, Helen Stewart witnesses far-away, inside a room, a man with a gun killing another. She notifies the fact to the Police and Lt. Columbo begins to investigate. The man is the famous General Martin Hollister, a war hero. Lt. Columbo searches his house and afterwards he is very doubtful about Helen's statement. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Books by Mrs. Melville (from Murder By The Book) are seen on General Hollister's bookshelf. See more »

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Columbo leaves Helen on the boat for an "overnighter" and goes straight to the diner for chili. From the diner payphone he calls "Mrs. Stewart" at home and she answers. She would have still been on the boat at this time. See more »

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Maj. Gen. Martin Hollister: Just a piece of advice. Find a different spot, or use a different bait, otherwise you're not gonna catch anything, Lieutenant.
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early Columbo episode is a good one
8 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A solid early Columbo effort. Much of the success of any Columbo episode hinges on the chemistry between Columbo and the murderer. Here Peter Falk and Eddie Albert rate high marks. Albert is if anything a little too controlled and smug. Not unrealistic for a general who is accustomed to getting his way. And sometimes he dangles clues in front of the detective as if trying to get caught. The banter between Kate Reid and Suzanne Pleshette is also quite good. BTW Suzanne looks ultra fetching in those mod clothes she wears. A cameo by semi-regular Timothy Carey adds to the fun. I agree with the consensus that the ending is a little too pat and abrupt, but a minor quibble.


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