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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)
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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 »
User Reviews:
Watch for Culp's performance 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:
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 »
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Watch for Culp's performance, 28 January 2011
Author: stones78 from United States

Let me get the negative out of the way first, mainly the lack of what I would consider a true motive for such a high-profile murder, carried out by a GM of a professional football team. That GM was superbly portrayed by Robert Culp, who's angrier than ever and is the 2nd best Columbo villain, behind only the great Jack Cassidy. I've seen this fine episode many times, and I'm still slightly baffled what was the motive; was it because the young owner, played smugly by Dean Stockwell, didn't want to buy a hockey franchise, or was Paul Hanlon(Culp)simply power hungry? This never jived with me. That being said, this is an entertaining episode revolving around football and there are notable actors performing, such as Dean Jagger, Val Avery, and Valerie Harper; there's even a special appearance by none other than Pat Riley of the LA Lakers. There's no need to repeat the plot again, but most of the scenes, including what appears to be a stray dog on set with Avery's character, are quite effective and fun. Peter Falk is in fine form, and his chemistry with Culp is superb. The conclusion may be a bit too tidy for my taste, but it doesn't detract from the rest of the segment.

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