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"Columbo" The Most Crucial Game (1972)

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Director:
Writers:
John T. Dugan (written by)
Richard Levinson (created 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 »
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Murder Making No Sense But Subtle See more (26 total) »

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Factual errors: Certainly using ice as a weapon is an interesting idea. The killer got his ice from the ice cream truck. Every kid knows they only use dry ice which would have smoked up prodigiously in the pool.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:You know, I had tickets for the game? Didn't even use 'em. Couldn't enjoy it. Till I find the answer, I can't think of anything else.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from A Gathering of Eagles (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine NachtmusikSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Murder Making No Sense But Subtle, 29 December 2008
Author: getyourdander from United States

It is interesting that the writer of Bonanza episodes (Dugan) got tapped to write a Columbo episode. There is plenty of humor present from the Ding-A-Ling brand of Ice Cream to Rhoda (Valerie Harper) performing a call girl routine on Columbo.

The cast here is quite strong as Robert Culp is at his prime here. It is amazing but it appears that if Culp didn't need to hose off the pool deck, he would get off on this one. Susan Howard's role as the widow is really very limited, like her role on Dallas as Ray Krebs wife often seemed. She only has 3 scenes here.

What hits the formula here is how Columbo trips up Culp though I am at a total loss how Culp benefits from murdering a boss who he was in complete command of when he is alive. The performances are good enough that you don't mind.

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