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?
When the senator walks down the stairs with his PR team, he has make-up protection paper around his neck. The paper is crumpled. Miss Johnson calls him over, and in the next scene he removes the paper, which is now straight. See more
Murder's always depressin', but you get over it.
Referenced in Columbo: Publish or Perish
This Old Man
Traditional children's song hummed by Jackie Cooper before TV commercial. See more