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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Robert Culp's character of Paul Hanlon wears a green single-breasted blazer as one of his costumes. Culp also wore a green blazer in both of his other appearances as the murderer, Investigator Brimmer in "Death Lends a Hand" and Dr. Bart Keppel in "Double Exposure". 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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Lt. Columbo: You know, when I'm listening to a game and my wife interrupts - I can't help myself - I want to hear that game, and I don't care how important the interruption.
Paul Hanlon: [trying to hear a game himself] Your wife has my sympathy.
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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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Lame Episode
6 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Peter Falk as Columbo is always a treat, this episode kinda stinks. First of all unless Dean Stockwell's body was discovered within 15 minutes of drowning, the thin coat of water that Robert Culp sprayed on the decking would have been long gone in Southern California by the time of Columbo's arrival. And you just knew he would use some gimmick to discover the fresh water. But to actually touch it and taste it was too much. Like the pool water that splashes onto he decking above the pool, chlorine dissipates when exposed to sunlight and heat. So, 5 minutes into it he just knows something's afoot. I mean he's good if a bit eccentric, but come on. And the ending was unsatisfying too, "ya know I've been listening to this tape for hours and I just found out it was a sound that should be there but isn't." As far as I can tell Culp has no motive for murder in the first place. The guys wife inherits and they'e not even involved. Love Columbo, but this is a very sub-par episode.


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