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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)
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
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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)

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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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2005) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The murder victim's (Eric Wagner's) house is the same used in "Columbo: Murder by the Book (#1.1)" (1971) where it was the house of Ken Franklin.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Columbo sits in his car listening to the Rockets game on the car radio, watch his cigar. The ash falls on his raincoat, and we see that the size of his stubby stogie is barely a butt. Mere milliseconds later, we see the cigar again, magically regenerated, having grown back to almost full size.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:This is what bothers me: Why were you fired from that job after only three days? Because, if you don't mind my noticing, you'd be an ornament in any office.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from A Gathering of Eagles (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine NachtmusikSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Deja vu, 14 May 2003

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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