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?
French title : "Candidat au crime". See more
No one found bits of paper from the squib that Hayward used to simulate gunfire. Additionally, the so-called squib appeared to be & sounded like nothing more than a small firecracker, hardly enough to fool people into believing a gun was fired. See more
You know, isn't it funny the way people react under the stress of a situation?
Referenced in Columbo: Publish or Perish
This Old Man
Traditional children's song hummed by Jackie Cooper before TV commercial. See more