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
Did You Know?
The children's song "This Old Man" appears in almost every episode of the Columbo series, sometimes as background music, but most often with Lt. Columbo singing, humming, or whistling the tune. "Candidate for Crime" is the only episode where the murderer (Jackie Cooper as political candidate 'Nelson Hayward') is heard using it, in this case whistling it as he prepares to film a campaign commercial. See more
When Columbo speaks to Linda Johnson to introduce himself, a woman with a white woollen hat with holes in passes in front of them. In the next shot the same woman is having a conversation with someone behind Columbo and Miss Johnson. See more
You ever, uh, consider getting another car?
I got another car. My wife drives it, but that's nothin' special. Just transportation.
This Old Man
Traditional children's song hummed by Jackie Cooper before TV commercial. See more