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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Harry Barnes
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Bert
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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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27 October 1971 (USA)  »

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When Columbo flashes his badge in this episode, his first name, "Frank" can be seen alongside his photo. See more »

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

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TV Newsman: Early on in the Korean War, as a colonel commanding a regiment of armored cavalry, Hollister captured the imagination of the American people.
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5 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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