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"Columbo" A Friend in Deed (1974)

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Director:
Writers:
Peter S. Fischer (written by)
Richard Levinson (created by) ...
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
5 May 1974 (Season 3, Episode 8)
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Plot:
A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A Twist in Old Formula See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Richard Kiley ... Mark Halperin

Rosemary Murphy ... Margaret Halperin
Michael McGuire ... Hugh Caldwell

Val Avery ... Artie Jessup

Eric Christmas ... Bruno Wexler
Eleanor Zee ... Thelma

John Finnegan ... Lt. Duffy

Arlene Martel ... Salesgirl (as Arlene Martell)
Victor Campos ... Doyle
Joshua Bryant ... Dr. MacMurray
John Calvin ... Charlie Shoup
Byron Morrow ... Amos Lawrence
James V. Christy ... Sharkey

Alma Beltran ... Mrs. Fernandez
Albert Popwell ... Al Como
Ben Marino ... Sgt. Ned Randall
Judson Morgan ... Charles
T.J. Castronovo ... Policeman (as Tom Castronova)
Paul Sorensen ... Police Pilot
Bernie Kuby ... Nathan Flowers
Mike Lally ... 2nd Bartender
Richard Lanci ... 1st Patrolman (as Richard Lance)
Eldon Burke ... Photographer
Jack Krupnick ... Limousine Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duke Fishman ... Cop (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Reporter (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Barfly (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Club Member (uncredited)

Dianne Travis ... Woman In Bar (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Barfly (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ben Gazzara 
 
Writing credits
Peter S. Fischer (written by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Edward K. Dodds .... producer
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Roland Kibbee .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis  (as Dick De Benedictis)
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
William Cronjager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Kimble 
 
Art Direction by
John W. Corso 
 
Set Decoration by
Bill McLaughlin (set decorations) (as William McLaughlin)
 
Production Management
Brad H. Aronson .... unit manager (as Brad Aronson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Cook .... assistant director (as Phillip Cook)
 
Sound Department
Wallace R. Bearden .... sound (as Wallace Bearden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Arnold Baker .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: Mystery Movie theme
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
USA:95 min | USA:98 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Provided we see the bathtub murder of the commissioner's wife in real time, it seems impossible that she drowns within 2 seconds. That is the time it takes for the murderer to look satisfied. Drowning seems a little more complicated than that.See more »
Quotes:
Columbo:No, sir, we're looking for somebody else. We're looking for somebody... somebody who tried to make a murder look like a burglary.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Strangers on a Train (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jesus, Joy of Man's DesiringSee more »

FAQ

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Twist in Old Formula, 19 May 2006
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

Richard Kiley plays a Los Angeles commander who lives well with his wealthy wife in an unidentified part of Los Angeles. His friend and neighbor admit to killing his wife. Kiley's character helps his friend out of his crime in exchange for him killing his wife. It's kind of like Patricia Highsmith's book, "Strangers on the Train." Of course, Kiley's character has been planning it better and with more thought than his friend. Anyway, jewelry is stolen and it the crime is set to look like a robbery gone awry. Anyway, I love the scene with Columbo and a paroled experienced Jewel thief exchanging barbs. He looks at him after Columbo hands him a cheap piece of jewelry and laughs and says that he would get laughed at in prison for being caught with something so obvious. Anyway, I love how Columbo catches Kiley in the end.

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