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?
Released on French television (TF1) on 18-12-1976 under the title of "COLUMBO. Candidat au crime". See more
The plastic cover on the coat, which has been delivered to the senator's campaign office, changes position between shots. Columbo changes position as well, whilst looking at the coat. See more
Why, Lieutenant, are you considering a change of wardrobe?
Oh, no, no. Oh, every once in a while I think about getting a new coat, but there's no rush on that, sir. There's still a lot of wear in this fellow.
[pats trench coat
This Old Man
Traditional children's song hummed by Jackie Cooper before TV commercial. See more