Dr. Marshall Cahill is the director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses, including the elderly Dr. Nicholson, who knows that Cahill's son Neil has plagiarized a dead man's theory of molecular structure. When Nicholson threatens exposure, Dr. Cahill murders him and cleverly makes the killing look like the job of a heroin junkie who needed his fix. But clever or not, another kind of genius is on the case: the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by
In the "home garage laboratory", there is a shelf of chemical containers marked with their respective formulas. The formulas are written incorrectly. See more »
Dr. Marshall Cahill:
Right now you are in an institution where any staff member, including your little friend Steve, will tell you that a theory isn't worth a damn unless it can be proved.
It's the same way at the institute that I work at, Doctor.
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Jose Ferrer plays Dr. Marshall Cahill, head scientist at a government institute that reluctantly decides to kill an older colleague named Dr. Nicholson(played by Lew Ayres) in a hit-and-run accident, who threatened to expose his troubled son(played by Robert Walker Jr.) of plagiarism regarding an advanced theory he published. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) is on the case, with unexpected help from a boy genius named Steve Spelberg(Ha!) and his custom built robot named MM-7(played by Robby The Robot from "Forbidden Planet"), How can the good Lt. find a solution and outwit so many top minds? Despite it's potential, this is a mostly lightweight effort, though entertaining.
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