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"Columbo" Death Lends a Hand (1971)

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Writers:
Richard Levinson (written by) &
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
6 October 1971 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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Plot:
When the CEO of a private detective agency threatens the wife of a publisher with blackmail and she threatens to expose him, he accidentally kills her. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Blackmailing Detective See more (18 total) »

Cast

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

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Robert Culp ... Investigator Brimmer

Pat Crowley ... Mrs. Lenore Kennicutt (as Patricia Crowley)

Ray Milland ... Arthur Kennicutt

Brett Halsey ... Ken Archer
Eric James ... Denning

Don Keefer ... Medical Examiner
Len Wayland ... Capt. Of Detectives

Lieux Dressler ... Ceil Gentry
Barbara Baldavin ... Brimmer's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Hickman ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... Brimmer Agency Detective (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bernard L. Kowalski  (as Bernard Kowalski)
 
Writing credits
Richard Levinson (written by) &
William Link (written by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Richard Levinson .... producer
William Link .... 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
Edward M. Abroms 
 
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
 
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
 
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steven Bochco .... story editor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
76 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004)

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Trivia:
The first regular Columbo episode filmed, after two pilot movies. It was the second episode aired, however.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the beginning, Brimmer is shown driving his black Cadillac Eldorado at night with the body of Lenore Kennicutt in the trunk. For 3 seconds, we then see Lee Grant from "Ransom for a Dead Man" driving a green Lincoln Continental. Then the film cuts back to Brimmer.See more »
Quotes:
Investigator Brimmer:Lieutenant, you have a marvelously convoluted mind.See more »

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Blackmailing Detective, 12 August 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This episode of Columbo features a blackmailing owner of a private detective agency in Robert Culp. He's a former cop, a law enforcement professional and even though the murder he commits is spontaneous, he's clever enough to do a good cover-up.

It's never good enough when you're dealing with Lt. Columbo. Culp is doing a job for wealthy publisher Ray Milland following his wife Patricia Crowley to make sure she's not having an affair. He gives Milland a clean bill of health for Crowley.

However Culp lied and he then confronts Crowley with a proposition to help ferret out information with a little pillow talk on another matter Milland is interested in. She refuses and threatens to expose Culp, so he kills her in a fit of anger.

As it is Culp's willingness to help arouses Peter Falk's suspicions. And what trips him up is those littlest of details which I will not reveal.

Culp's a cold calculator, but no match for the guy in the raincoat.

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