Columbo: Season 3, Episode 3

Candidate for Crime (4 Nov. 1973)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Senatorial candidate Nelson Hayward murders his domineering campaign manager, staging it to appear that Hayward himself was the intended victim of a mob hit gone wrong. Columbo hits the campaign trail to catch the killer.

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Vickie Hayward
Tisha Sterling ...
Linda Johnson
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Harry Stone
Robert Karnes ...
Sgt. Vernon
Jay Varela ...
Sgt. Rojas
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Chadwick
Regis Cordic ...
Deputy Commissioner
Sandy Kenyon ...
Harris
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Mario Gallo ...
Dr. Perenchio
Jude Farese ...
Highway Patrolman
Clete Roberts ...
TV Anchor Man
Angelo Grisanti ...
1st Detective
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Nelson Hayward is running for senate as a man tough on crime. His campaign manager, Harry Stone, demands the candidate dump his mistress. He backs up the demand with threats to expose the politician's shady past. But Stone approves of Hayward's publicity-minded lie that anonymous killers are threatening the politician's life, little guessing that Hayward will murder him and blame it on these invented assailants. Hayward sets up a tricky alibi for himself that includes a surprise birthday party for his wife. No one guesses the truth except that annoying Italian American cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by J. Spurlin

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Katey Sagal, who plays a secretary at the campaign headquarters, is the daughter of this episode's director, Boris Sagal. See more »

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When Columbo is stopped for a vehicle inspection, he asks several times for directions to "Ridgeway Drive," buy when the officer gives him directions it's to "Ridgewood." See more »

Quotes

Nelson Hayward: Uh, excuse me, Lieutenant, don't misunderstand. You're a very nice man, I like you very much, but I would hate to have to depend upon you if I was in a hurry for something.
Lt. Columbo: Geez, you know that's what my wife says...
Nelson Hayward: I'm sure she does. Get to the point, Lieutenant.
Lt. Columbo: Right.
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This Old Man
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Traditional children's songHummed by Jackie Cooper before TV commercial.
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Simply Columbo
26 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Columbo episode is one of the best episodes of this popular long running series. It is based on a California Senate campaign. I loved to watch this one to see Katey Sagal as the candidate's secretary, years before her Married with Children fame. I enjoy watching Joanna Linville's performance as the drunken candidate's wife. Columbo is at his greatest in these classic episodes. The plot is well written and sensible to understanding the motives and actions of the murder. One of the best scenes is when Columbo goes to an exclusive tailor in Beverly Hills and ask about buying a suit. They recommend Sears or some mainstream department store. After all, Columbo can't afford a tailor made suit on a detective's salary.


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