Columbo: Season 2, Episode 3

The Most Crucial Game (5 Nov. 1972)

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The manager of a football team murders its callow owner, making it look as if the young man had had an accident in his swimming pool. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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Paul Hanlon
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Walter Cunnell
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Coach Rizzo
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Eve Babcock
Susan Howard ...
Shirley Wagner
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Eric Wagner
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Ralph Dobbs
Kathryn Kelly Wiget ...
Miss Johnson
Richard Stahl ...
Mr. Fremont
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Cliff Carnell ...
Joe Renteria ...
Box Attendant Jimmy
Ivan Naranjo ...
Sgt. Hernandez, L.A.P.D.
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The owner of a football team is found dead in his swimming pool. It looks like an accident, a slip and fall; however, Columbo doesn't really believe in this being an accident and investigates as if it was a murder case - but the person he suspects has a powerful alibi. Written by Maarten Hofman <jen@cistron.nl>

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The murder victim's (Eric Wagner's) house is the same used in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971) where it was the house of Ken Franklin. See more »

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Certainly using ice as a weapon is an interesting idea. The killer got his ice from the ice cream truck. Every kid knows they only use dry ice which would have smoked up prodigiously in the pool. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: I thought I had trouble with my TV when my wife used the hairdryer, so the electrician, he explained it to me. You find this boring?
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Edited from A Gathering of Eagles (1963) See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik
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composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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COuld have had a better title?
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Robert Culp has appeared in several Columbo episodes. This time, he is again at it as the chief suspect in an unusual murder. Watching Columbo catch him is always fun. Dean Stockwell plays the victim who is a married cad. The woman who plays his wife is best known for her role on Dallas as one of the wives. Anyway, the plot is thin but the murder is quite complicated and not simple to explain here. I think you have to believe in Columbo's genius in figuring it out. I like the idea of ice cream truck which makes it interesting. The death is more unusual than normal but it's fun watching Peter Falk and Robert Culp together in another typical episode.


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