Columbo: Season 3, Episode 8

A Friend in Deed (5 May 1974)

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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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We hear Columbo being paged over his car's police radio, and for the first and only time, Columbo's call number is revealed: it is "194". See more »

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Position of (broken) windscreen wipers when Columbo arrives in the rain at car dealer. See more »

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Police Pilot: A little early in the evening for this burglar, isn't it, Commissioner?
Mark Halperin: You never know, Pete. Clocks don't mean a thing in an empty house, you know.
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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
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Second-to-none ending...
28 May 2003 | by (Staten Island, NY) – See all my reviews

...as Columbo has done in other episodes, both before and after (i.e. the car in "Columbo Goes to College"), as he succeeds in trapping his suspect.

Furthermore, although Columbo is seen by most as a bumbling, absent-minded detective, he is masterful at diplomacy, as he gingerly attempts to snag his boss. Again, the ending is magnificent. Great job by actor Ben Gazzara, a paisan.


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