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"Columbo" Dead Weight (1971)

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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)
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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


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

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First and only episode of the original series that had the writer and director shown at the beginning.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 »
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Lt. Columbo:Look, in order to understand a man, you have to understand his past.See more »

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Columbo and the case of an unclear case, 30 June 2008

There is a witness to a murder.Helen Stewart sees a man being shot at a nearby house while sailing with her mother.That house belongs to Maj.Gen Martin J.Hollister, a war hero.Lt.Columbo becomes doubtful when no body or any other evidences of a murder can be found.But soon everything becomes much clearer.Peter Falk does once again his Columbo act with style.Eddie Albert is very fine as Hollister.Suzanne Pleshette, who sadly passed away earlier this year does a fantastic job playing the witness.Columbo: Dead Weight (1971) is another great Columbo mystery tale.You can't have nothing but deep admiration for Lt.Columbo.This Lieutenant didn't need a gun.All he needed was his wit.

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