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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:
#2 all time Columbo See more (21 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Kiley and Rosemary Murphy had not met before shooting their first scene, where Kiley's character Mark Halperin dives into a swimming pool to pull out his drowned wife, played by Murphy, and attempts to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Upon finishing the scene, Kiley held out his hand to Murphy and said, "How do you do? I'm Richard Kiley."See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When Commissioner Halperin peruses Artie Jessup's police file, Jessup's home address is listed in its entirety as "874 South Central Ave. L.A." Halperin goes to that address - an apartment building - intending to plant evidence to frame Jessup. Halperin walks through the front door, heads up the stairs and goes to unit 13 - even though the report didn't list Jessup's room number. (Halperin doesn't even bother to check the mailboxes.)See more »
Quotes:
Mark Halperin:We found Mrs. Caldwell's jewels here in your apartment.
[Jessup snorts]
Mark Halperin:They were right under your mattress!
Artie Jessup:Hey man, I don't even live here!
Columbo:That's true, sir, I can attest to that.
[opens dresser drawers]
Columbo:He doesn't live here, *I* live here. These are my shirts, this is my underwear,
[takes out photographs]
Columbo:*my* brother-in-law, *my* nephew and niece.
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Movie Connections:
References Strangers on a Train (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jesus, Joy of Man's DesiringSee more »

FAQ

List: Murder swaps
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
#2 all time Columbo, 26 January 1999

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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