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 ...
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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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Los Angeles Coliseum stadium shots from the beginning of the show are from Super Bowl I, 15 January 1967. (You can see the Kansas City Chiefs graphics painted on the end zone field, as well as some of the Chiefs' cheerleaders.) See more »

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When Shirley Wagner lands at the airport, there is a scene showing the wheels of her plane touching down. The wheels are of a B-52 bomber and not a commercial airliner. See more »

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Eve Babcock: Hi, darling.
Lt. Columbo: Miss Babcock?
Eve Babcock: [laughs] Don't be so Cincinnati. My name is Eve. And don't be so embarrassed. I've been expecting you.
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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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Fast-Moving, Interesting Episode But Ending Was Disappointing
12 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Culp is the "bad guy" here, after killing his boss: a young, spoiled owner of a pro football team who is basically a good-for-nothing. Culp, the general manager of the team, does all the work for the team and has little use for the "kid."

He decides to kill the owner while the latter is in his swimming pool during the middle of the one of the team's games. (The owner could care less about his club play) Culp has to make it look like he never left the stadium during the murder, so they can't blame it on him.

In the end, Lt. Columbo figures a flaw in his alibi, but I thought it was kind of weak, to be honest. I wonder, if it was real-life story, if the court would have gone along with it. I doubt it; Culp probably would have walked.

Nonetheless, it's an interesting 75 minutes. It also was interesting to see Valerie Harper's very short (too short) appearance near the end as a call girl. That was bizarre. There were good "names" in here with a young Dean Stockwell playing that owner; James Gregory as the coach and Dean Jagger as the man who used to be the lawyer for Stockwell's dad. Lots of other interesting characters in here, too. Too bad the ending was so abrupt and weak.


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