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
Although Columbo takes the suspicious bullet out of the drywall, the hole is still no bigger than the size of the entrance hole. See more
Would you believe it? The first thing I did this morning when I left your campaign headquarters, I run right over to your tailor's.
I'm sure he was delighted. He loves a challenge.
Whattaya mean, sir?
Uh, nothin'. It's a small joke.
La Dona e Mobile
(from the opera "Rigoletto")
composed by Giuseppe Verdi See more