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 cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by
Did You Know?
The children's song, "This Old Man" appears in almost every episode of the Columbo series, sometimes as background music, but more often Lt. Columbo is seen singing, humming, or whistling the tune. The episode, "Candidate for Crime" is the only episode where the murderer ('Jackie Cooper', as political candidate Nelson Hayward) is seen using it, in this case whistling it, as he prepares to film a campaign commercial. See more
Just as Columbo leaves the senator's private Campaign Office, he turns around in the open door. In the background you can see a woman wearing a green jacket, holding papers. Next shot she is wearing a sleeveless green top and is holding a phone. See more
[Sarcastically to Hayward
Don't tell me a little thing like Harry's murder is gonna make you sleep home tonight?
"This Old Man"
Traditional children's songHummed by Jackie Cooper before TV commercial. See more