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 ...
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Lawrence Cook ...
Quincy [Murphy in credits]
Rosalind Miles ...
Nancy
Lew Brown ...
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Eddie Quillan ...
Ferguson
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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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Roddy McDowell is the only actor to be arrested by both Columbo and Batman (Bookworm). See more »

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In the elevator scene as well as in the scene that follows where Columbo is standing on the small and narrow road in the mountains, the character obviously suffers from vertigo. However, a few scenes later he is walking down the high metal staircases at the outside of a factory building and suddenly his vertigo seems to have completely disappeared. See more »

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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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