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"Columbo" Dead Weight (1971)

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Original Air Date:
27 October 1971 (Season 1, Episode 3)
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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Not great, but has its interest points See more (22 total) »


 (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 ... Exhibit Patron (uncredited)
Earl Spainard ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jack Smight 
Writing credits
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

John T. Dugan (written 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 verified as complete

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USA:76 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1999)

Did You Know?

The white house on the water that is supposed to belong to Eddie Albert's character is in real life actually owned by "Columbo" star Peter Falk, and is located in Newport Beach, California.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During a conversation between Columbo and Mrs. Walters, a microphone is visible at the ceiling.See more »
Harry Barnes:If you hand me your aft line, Mrs. Wallace, I'll secure your stern.
Mrs. Walters:I beg your pardon!
Harry Barnes:I'll tie up your boat.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not great, but has its interest points, 27 June 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

As a fan of Columbo, I did sort of like this episode but it was also disappointing as well. I do have to agree that the witness was much more interesting and likable than the murderer, and that is probably the first time I felt that since watching Columbo. The pacing is also rather slow and the story is a little uneven, while it is compelling in spots due to the pacing some of it is a little dull as well. The script has its moments, like with Columbo and Albert's character, but it lacks the sophistication and humour that makes other episodes enjoyable. However, it is striking to look at, the direction is good and the score is very nice. Peter Falk is exceptional as usual, while Suzanne Pleshette gives a wholly sympathetic performance and Kate Reid is good too. Only Eddie Albert disappoints, his performance I never quite warmed to, but I think the way the character was written and the fact the murderer isn't as interesting has a lot to do with it. So overall, it is good but it isn't great. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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