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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Deputy Coroner
Cliff Carnell ...
Plainclothesman
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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Wagner's place in "The Most Crucial Game" is Franklin's house in "Murder by the Book". See more »

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Walter Cunnell: What is all this? Autopsy? Lab crews?
Lt. Columbo: Well, just part of a routine murder investigation, sir. Excuse me.
Walter Cunnell: Murder?
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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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Deja vu

An episode from Columbo's second season, this was the second to cast Robert Culp as the murderer (and the first episode to give an actor a second chance to go head-to-head with the absent minded detective). This is not an improvement on "Death Lends A Hand" nor does it match the superior "Double Negative" from season three, but anyone who enjoys Peter Falk in this role should find this installment more than satisfactory.


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