Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Friend in Deed 

A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return.

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Hugh Caldwell
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Bruno Wexler
Eleanor Zee ...
Thelma
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Salesgirl (as Arlene Martell)
Victor Campos ...
Joshua Bryant ...
Dr. MacMurray
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Charlie Shoup
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Amos Lawrence
James V. Christy ...
Sharkey
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Mrs. Fernandez
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Storyline

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 deputy police commissioner. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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5 May 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The funeral home featured in the stock shot is not in 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 film Never Say Never Again (1983). See more »

Goofs

When Columbo opens the door to the balcony in the Commissioner's bedroom it opens in. When the shot continues from the outside, the door opens out. See more »

Quotes

Columbo: You must have a lot of those, sir.
Mark Halperin: What?
Columbo: Gut feelings.
Mark Halperin: What're you talking about?
Columbo: Well, you had a gut feeling last night.
Mark Halperin: I don't know what you're talking about. What do you mean "last night?"
Columbo: When you asked for me to report to the Caldwell house.
Mark Halperin: Yes?
Columbo: I found out that you asked for me when you first called in.
Mark Halperin: I did.
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Connections

References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

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
26 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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