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"Columbo" Dead Weight (1971)

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Director:
Writers:
John T. Dugan (written by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
27 October 1971 (Season 1, Episode 3)
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Plot:
A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Eddie Albert ... Maj. Gen. Martin J. Hollister

Kate Reid ... Mrs. Walters

Suzanne Pleshette ... Helen Stewart

John Kerr ... Col. Roger Dutton

Val Avery ... Harry Barnes

Timothy Carey ... Bert
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Gilbert ... Exibit Patron (uncredited)
Earl Spainard ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jack Smight 
 
Writing credits
John T. Dugan  written by &
Richard Levinson  created by &
William Link  created by

Produced by
Everett Chambers .... producer
Richard Levinson .... executive producer
William Link .... executive producer
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gil Melle (music score) (as Gil Mellé)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography) (as Russell L. Metty)
 
Film Editing by
Richard M. Sprague 
 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman (set decorations)
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Barry .... assistant director
Lou Watt .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: theme
Billy Goldenberg .... musical cues (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steven Bochco .... story editor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
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Runtime:
USA:76 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1999)

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Trivia:
Suzanne Pleshette, who had been friends 'with Pete Falk (I)' since she was 14 years old said that he had behaved very badly during the making of this show. In fact, she didn't talk to him afterwards for a year. She also said that guest star Eddie Albert told Falk, "I always wanted to meet you, I always wanted to work with you, but you're a real asshole."See more »
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the airport check-in, "Mrs Flemming" is asked if she has any hand luggage to carry on and she replies; "No." Yet she clearly has a large white handbag on her arm.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Walters:I never thought we'd make it.
Harry Barnes:Neither did I.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
One of My Favorites, 5 January 2005
Author: Dphilly521 from United States

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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