Columbo: Season 3, Episode 3

Candidate for Crime (4 Nov. 1973)

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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.

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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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Dr. Perenchio
Jude Farese ...
Highway Patrolman
Clete Roberts ...
TV Anchor Man
Angelo Grisanti ...
1st Detective
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Nelson prepares an anonymous letter to himself. A cut up newspaper nearby suggests that the letter was fashioned from newspaper cuttings, yet extensive white space surrounding the individual words (in various fonts) reveals that they were individually printed on a blank sheet before they were cut, with no adjacent words or lettering anywhere around them. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Columbo: So far, sir, we don't have a thing.
Nelson Hayward: Well, that's heartening.
Lt. Columbo: Officially, that is.
Nelson Hayward: And unofficially?
Lt. Columbo: Unofficially, we don't have anything either.
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Traditional children's song hummed 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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