Columbo (1971–2003)
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Maj. Gen. Martin J. Hollister
Mrs. Walters
Helen Stewart
Col. Roger Dutton
Harry Barnes
Clete Roberts ...
TV Newsman
Ron Castro ...
Officer Sanchez
Glen Vernon ...
1st Officer
Jim Pelham ...
2nd Officer (as Jimmy Pelham)
Jim Halferty ...
1st Marine Cadet


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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27 October 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Books by Mrs. Melville (from Murder By The Book) are seen on General Hollister's bookshelf. See more »


When Helen says "Now that is the simple truth," Columbo takes his hand off the llama's rump and folds his arms, but when the scene cuts to Columbo alone, his hand is back on the rump. Cutting back and forth, Columbo's hand remains on the rump in his shots while his arms are folded in Helen's shots. See more »


Helen Stewart: Some men, Lieutenant, do not wanna look like an unmade bed!
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Enjoyable if far-fetched Columbo

The third episode from Columbo's first season, this one casts former Green Acres star Eddie Albert as a Patton like General whose murder of a soldier is witnessed by Suzanne Pleshette, an ordinary citizen whose word is suspect. After all, who would you believe? A highly decorated legend of the military or an anonymous citizen? The mystery is fairly effective, but it's the performances that stand-out. Albert is really quite good as the General, and he manages to add an effective menace to the twinkle in his eye. Pleshette is always good no matter the material, and Falk is first rate.

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