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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Jason Wingreen ...
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Eddie Quillan ...
Ferguson
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Annette Molen ...
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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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The last episode of the first season of "Columbo" to be filmed, though it aired before Columbo: Blueprint for Murder (1972) See more »

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The interior of the Buckner residence in Short Fuse is the same set as the interior of the Williams residence in Ransom for a Dead Man. See more »

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Roger Stanford: A large corporation is like a jungle, Lieutenant, to coin a phrase.
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The Best Columbo Episode!
22 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Columbo: Short Fuse" is quite special. It is my favorite episode of my favorite TV series. Roddy McDowall helped to make it terrific, above the rest. He was greatly assisted by Edward Abroms, who did a marvelous job of direction--especially with the opening and closing scenes. The music score is awesome. Great supporting cast of Anne Francis, James Gregory, William Windom, and Ida Lupino too. McDowall especially proves to bring a very entertaining combination of villainy and boyishness to his unforgettable role of Roger Stanford. This episode helped Season One of the series to set very high standards for the show to live up to.


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