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"Columbo" The Most Crucial Game (1972)

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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:
Donald Chaffin ... Fisherman (uncredited)
LeRoy Ellis ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Keith Erickson ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Photographer (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Spectator (uncredited)
Harold 'Happy' Hairston ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Jim McMillan ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Pat Riley ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Flynn Robinson ... Basketball Player (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
 
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Runtime:
74 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2005) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James Gregory (coach Rizzo) had previously appeared on Columbo as the victim in season 1, episode 6 titled, "Short Fuse" starring Roddy McDowell.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:I thought I had trouble with my TV when my wife used the hairdryer, so the electrician, he explained it to me. You find this boring?See more »
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.
Lame Episode, 6 September 2011
Author: reddragon-14 from United States

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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