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)
James Halferty ...
1st Marine Cadet (as Jim Halferty)


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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Did You Know?


The white house on the water that is supposed to belong to Maj. Gen. Hollister is in real life actually owned Peter Falk (I), and is located in Newport Beach, California. See more »


Columbo's lit cigar completely disappears as he crosses the threshold from General Hollister's bedroom to the living room. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Look, in order to understand a man, you have to understand his past.
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A weak effort
29 December 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the lesser Columbo movies. Eddie Albert is quite unbelievable as a decorated military man, and his persistent nagging of the woman who witnesses his crime would have set off alarm bells in almost any normal person's mind. Just to make the whole thing even more far-fetched, the writers try to convince us that Suzanne Pleshette is a rather desperate woman who is genuinely captivated by and attracted to Eddie Albert, and so lets herself be talked out of believing she saw what she saw. The whole romance business is rather embarrassing. It would have been a bit more believable had the witness been Kate Reid, who plays Pleshette's mother in her usual broad style, but in the end nobody involved in this story evokes much sympathy or concern.

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