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"Columbo" The Most Crucial Game (1972)

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Director:
Writers:
John T. Dugan (written by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
5 November 1972 (Season 2, Episode 3)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Robert Culp ... Paul Hanlon

Dean Jagger ... Walter Cunnell

James Gregory ... Coach Rizzo

Valerie Harper ... Eve Babcock
Susan Howard ... Shirley Wagner

Dean Stockwell ... Eric Wagner

Val Avery ... Ralph Dobbs
Kathryn Kelly Wiget ... Miss Johnson
Richard Stahl ... Mr. Fremont

Don Keefer ... Deputy Coroner
Cliff Carnell ... Plainclothesman
Joe Renteria ... Box Attendant Jimmy
Ivan Naranjo ... Sgt. Hernandez, L.A.P.D.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
LeRoy Ellis ... Himself (uncredited)
Keith Erickson ... Himself (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Photographer at Practice (uncredited)
Harold 'Happy' Hairston ... Himself (uncredited)
Jim McMillan ... Himself (uncredited)

Pat Riley ... Himself (uncredited)
Flynn Robinson ... Himself (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Jeremy Kagan 
 
Writing credits
John T. Dugan (written by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Edward K. Dodds .... associate producer
Dean Hargrove .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis (music score) (as Dick De Benedictis)
 
Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography) (as Harry Wolf)
 
Film Editing by
J. Terry Williams  (as J Terry Williams)
 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations) (as John McCarthy)
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brad H. Aronson .... assistant director (as Brad Aronson)
 
Sound Department
Edwin S. Hall .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
74 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2005) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the start of the game after the kickoff, it is 1st and 10 at the 38 yard line. The quarterback is sacked for a 5 yard loss and the radio announcer states that it is now 2nd and 15 but the ball is on the 30 yard line. That would make it 2nd and 18.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Edited from A Gathering of Eagles (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine NachtmusikSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
COuld have had a better title?, 19 May 2006
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

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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