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"Columbo" By Dawn's Early Light (TV Episode 1974) Poster

(TV Series)

(1974)

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Lt. Columbo: You have to forgive me, it's not me, it's my mind, it's very slow, and I have to pin everything down.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Do you have a first name?

Lt. Columbo: I do. My wife is about the only one that uses it.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: [to Columbo] Well, we have - we have similar jobs in a way. I wear a uniform, you wear, uh...

[glances at Columbo's disheveled appearance]

Col. Lyle C. Rumford: ...suppose you could call that a uniform...

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Officer, you may wish to, uh, detain this man. He refuses to leave the area.

Police Sergeant: This man is Lt. Columbo, sir. He's in charge of the investigation.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: There're not so many people want to be soldiers these days.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Some problems with geometry, Miller?

Boodle Boy: Yes, sir, but my grades are better this quarter, sir.

Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Work on them, Miller. Geometry is logic and logic is the battlefield of adulthood.

Boodle Boy: Yes, sir.

Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Dismissed.

Boodle Boy: Yes,sir.

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Lt. Columbo: I guess boys will be boys.

Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Boys WILL be boys, Lieutenant, but someone's gotta turn 'em into men.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: This country is going to have the best damn army in the world!

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Beware of an excess of compassion, Lieutenant.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: A word to the wise, Loomis: beware of a misplaced sense of justice.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: A difference of opinion between men can sometimes happen.

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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.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: The elusive cider has finally materialized!

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Lt. Columbo: Let me ask you something. Jeez, I hope this doesn't sound foolish.

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Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Um, if I pass the butter, will you promise to explain to me why the conversation was unsatisfactory?

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Lt. Columbo: ALL CADETS, REMAIN WHERE YOU ARE!

Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Lieutenant, what the hell's going on here?

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