Columbo: Season 1, Episode 6

Short Fuse (19 Jan. 1972)

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A chemical plant's director gets threats and issues threats, and one of the employees develops and plants a bomb in his car. When the car turns out to be missing, Columbo is called to find out what happened.

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Roger Stanford
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Valerie Bishop
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David L. Buckner
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Doris Buckner
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Everett Logan
Steve Gravers ...
Sergeant
Lawrence Cook ...
Quincy [Murphy in credits]
Rosalind Miles ...
Nancy
Lew Brown ...
Farrell
Jason Wingreen ...
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Eddie Quillan ...
Ferguson
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Annette Molen ...
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Jim Neumarker ...
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Stanford Chemicals CEO David Buckner wants to sell the business, but he is overruled by several people: his wife Doris, company lawyer Everett Logan, and his nephew Roger, the lighthearted young genius whose late father founded the company. But he has a plan: he has uncovered some very embarassing and illegal past activities on the part of Roger. He demands that his nephew change his aunt Doris's mind about the sale, or he'll tell Doris about all the nasty things her precious Roger has done. But Roger is one step ahead of him, and initiates a plan to murder his uncle with dangerous explosives. Unfortunately for him, he didn't count on Lieutenant Columbo investigating Buckner's "car accident." The Lieutenant quickly suspects Roger, and puts together a web of evidence to trap the young scientist in his own lies. Written by Anonymous

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Roger's car is a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. See more »

Goofs

In the tramcar high above the valley, the cable car guide is lecturing Columbo on the safety of the tramway. When viewed arriving at the top platform Columbo is clearly visible but the guide is nowhere to be seen in the glass windowed car, and presumably there was no way to get off before the top. See more »

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Roger Stanford: [Annoyed] Lieutenant, you take an inordinate length of time coming to the point.
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A poor quality Columbo
13 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is not one of Columbo's finest hours. Roddy McDowall plays a manic and over the top villain. The plot is thin and the ending is bizarre. Columbo uses all his trickery to ensnare the killer, and when the killer is found out he begins laughing his head off.


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