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"Columbo" Dead Weight (1971)

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Writers:
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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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early Columbo episode is a good one See more (22 total) »

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 ... 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
 
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Runtime:
USA:76 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1999)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Kate Reid, who played Mrs. Walters, Helen Stewart's mother was only 6 years older than Suzanne Pleshette (Helen Stewart).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Helen says "Now that is the simple truth," Columbo takes his hand off the llama's rump and folds his arms, but when the scene cuts to Columbo alone, his hand is back on the rump. Cutting back and forth, Columbo's hand remains on the rump in his shots while his arms are folded in Helen's shots.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:Look, in order to understand a man, you have to understand his past.See more »

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early Columbo episode is a good one, 8 December 2014
Author: bcstoneb444 from United States

A solid early Columbo effort. Much of the success of any Columbo episode hinges on the chemistry between Columbo and the murderer. Here Peter Falk and Eddie Albert rate high marks. Albert is if anything a little too controlled and smug. Not unrealistic for a general who is accustomed to getting his way. And sometimes he dangles clues in front of the detective as if trying to get caught. The banter between Kate Reid and Suzanne Pleshette is also quite good. BTW Suzanne looks ultra fetching in those mod clothes she wears. A cameo by semi-regular Timothy Carey adds to the fun. I agree with the consensus that the ending is a little too pat and abrupt, but a minor quibble.

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