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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 »
User Reviews:
excellent early entry in Columbo series--impressive direction and acting See more (17 total) »

Cast

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

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Robert Culp ... Investigator Brimmer

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

Ray Milland ... Arthur Kennicut

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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Arthur Kennicut's mansion is the same mansion used in the film "The Bodyguard". It is used as the home of Rachel Marron, Whitney Houston's character.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the beginning, Brimmer is shown driving his black Cadillac Eldorado at night with the body of Lenore Kennicut 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:
Teddy:[being pushed on the swing] I said higher!
Columbo:Okay, you go higher and I'll eat your ice cream.
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
excellent early entry in Columbo series--impressive direction and acting, 9 December 2004
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

This was the second entry in the regular Columbo series, and it holds up well today. As I am able to look at it closely now on DVD and see how it is constructed, I am very impressed with the direction of Bernard L. Kowalski (who directed the fine MACHO CALLAHAN as well as countless TV episodes)--watch how the post-murder actions of the killer are shown on a split-screen effect on his two eyeglasses, watch how the murder itself is shown in montage fashion, watch the point-of-view shot from the perspective of the corpse. Also, the wild but impressive avant-garde musical score from noted jazzman Gil Melle was incredible and helped so much to create atmosphere. And the supporting performance of Brett Halsey as the golf pro was wonderful--such subtlety and complexity in a role that nine out of ten times would be a one-dimensional cutout. The "formula" had not yet been set when this episode was filmed, so there are still some surprises in Columbo's methods. Of course, Falk, Robert Culp, and Ray Milland are the highest-quality actors and it's a pleasure to see them work--all men are familiar from many other roles yet lose themselves in their characters here. In all, this entry in the Columbo series--and MANY of the others--are as well-crafted as a very good feature film.

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