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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During a conversation between Columbo and Mrs. Walters a microphone is visible at the ceiling. See more »

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Maj. Gen. Martin Hollister: You know, lieutenant, I don't see how a man with the name of Columbo... shouldn't he be more at home on a boat?
Lt. Columbo: Must've been another branch of the family, General. How soon do we land?
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The cool demeanor of Eddie Albert's Martin J. Hollister and his enjoyable interplay with Columbo makes "Dead Weight" a pleasure to watch multiple times. This is one of Columbo's toughest cases because Hollister has convincingly succeeded in swaying unstable Helen Stewart from what she originally thought she had witnessed. Excellent plot, excellent directing. The music score adds to this first season episode's likability. The final clue, additionally, is rather unique. It points to the villain's tragic flaw, which is exciting to discover and shows that Hollister is yet more complex with more compassion inside than we realized.


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