Nelson Hayward is running for the senate as a man tough on crime. His dictatorial campaign manager, Harry Stone, orders the candidate dump his mistress, backing up his demand with threats to expose the politician's shady past. Stone little guesses that his own publicity-minded lie about anonymous killers threatening the politician's life will lead Hayward to murder him and blame it on the invented assailants. Hayward sets up a tricky alibi for himself around a surprise birthday party for his wife. No one suspects the clever deception except that annoyingly observant Italian-American cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by
J. Spurlin / revised by statmanjeff
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When Columbo enters Hayward's office to draw the diagram of the crime scene, the cup with pencils in it on Hayward's desk keeps changing from being knocked over (front shot) to standing up (from behind.) See more
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.
Geez, you know that's what my wife says...
I'm sure she does. Get to the point, Lieutenant.
La Dona e Mobile
(from the opera "Rigoletto")
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi See more