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 embarrassing 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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This episode of Columbo, Short Fuse, contains eight (8) cast members (including Peter Falk) who all starred in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) during its run, some in multiple roles. See more »

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When Columbo walks over to play an answering machine message, Roger's right hand is on the top of a decanter while his left hand holds his drink. When the camera changes, neither hand is on the decanter and his right hand holds his drink. Also, the glass was just under half-full, but with the camera cut it becomes two thirds full. See more »

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Doris Buckner: Roger, I called the Commissioner of Police, and he said he'd send over his very best man.
Roger Stanford: [looking Columbo over] Is that a fact?
Lt. Columbo: Lt. Columbo: Well, my wife, she says I'm second-best, but, uh... She claims there are eighty fellas tied for first.
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Let's Blow Up Uncle
2 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Columbo's adversary here is Roddy McDowall the heir to a chemical company fortune who's a brilliant chemist in his own right. But he's given little to do and therefore indulges in silly behavior. As he is a chemist he's got the knowledge and skill to plant a bomb and rig it so that he's got a perfect alibi, miles away from the scene. And he's even got Anne Francis as an alibi.

Francis is James Gregory's secretary and he's an uncle by marriage to McDowall whose blood aunt is Ida Lupino. He's wanting to sell the company which McDowall thinks should be his. Gregory is the target and McDowall with his knowledge of chemistry and explosives rigs a bomb in a box of cigars which goes off while Gregory and chauffeur Lawrence Cook are in the car miles away.

McDowall is such an arrogant twit you practically stand and cheer when Peter Falk nails him. And he doesn't do it with evidence either. In fact in a somewhat slow moving episode the finale with the confession makes up for it. How Falk exposes McDowall is really something.


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