Columbo: Season 3, Episode 8

A Friend in Deed (5 May 1974)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return.

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Mark Halperin
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Margaret Halperin
Michael McGuire ...
Hugh Caldwell
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Artie Jessup
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Bruno Wexler
Eleanor Zee ...
Thelma
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Lt. Duffy
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Salesgirl (as Arlene Martell)
Victor Campos ...
Doyle
Joshua Bryant ...
Dr. MacMurray
John Calvin ...
Charlie Shoup
Byron Morrow ...
Amos Lawrence
James V. Christy ...
Sharkey
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Mrs. Fernandez
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Hugh Caldwell kills his wife Janice and in despair asks for the help of his friend and neighbor Mark Halperin. Mark helps a friend in deed, of course, so the death appears to be the job of a thief, but Lt. Columbo has some doubts. There is not a single fingerprint of the deceased in her house and he begins to suspect Halperin. Unfortunately for Lt. Columbo, Halperin is the chief of the police. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Trivia

The funeral home featured in the stock shot (at around 36 mins) is not California. It is the luxurious Ephrussi de Rothschild villa and gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. This location is notably featured in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again. See more »

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(at around 41 mins) Mark Halperin (Richard Kiley) refers to the murder plot as a "Quid Quo Pro" instead of as a Quid Pro Quo. See more »

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Doyle: [to Columbo about the corpse] Good-looking broad except for the, uh, marks around her neck.
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References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral
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#2 all time Columbo

My #2 all time Columbo favorite. Great premise with Columbo investigating murder of two cops wives in a twist along the line of Strangers On A Train. The scene with Columbo discussing lack of finger prints on first deceased wife's phone with collaborating chief Kiley is a masterpiece. Set up conclusion is also one of the best.


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