Colonel Lyle C. Rumford, the proud Commandant of a military academy, is incensed that William Haynes, the owner of the property, wants to turn it into a co-ed college. So, Rumford plots to kill Haynes with a back-firing cannon that Haynes is due to fire in a ceremony. Rumford arranges for the cannon to explode by blocking its discharge with a cleaning rag and thereby making the explosion seem an unfortunate accident caused by a clumsy attendant. Los Angeles Police Department's Lieutenant Columbo comes to the academy to investigate Haynes' death and instantly suspects that Rumford had something to do with the explosion, which Columbo believes was not accidental. Columbo unrelentingly seeks to prove that Rumford had motive and opportunity to rig the cannon. Written by
Kevin McCorry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
The campus scenes were filmed at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. See more
In Rumford's office, after Columbo gives the Colonel a match to light his cigar and he strikes it, we see the end of the cigar in frame a few seconds later: it remains unlit. McGoohan clearly just didn't try to light it. See more
Col. Lyle C. Rumford
Don't you expect me to be contrite, Lieutenant. It had to be done, and I'd do it again tomorrow.
Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley See more