A publisher hires a bomb enthusiast to murder a bestselling author of sex novels. Lt. Columbo is on the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Riley Greenleaf
Mickey Spillane ...
Alan Mallory
Eileen McRae
Jeffrey Neal
John Davis Chandler ...
Eddie Kane (as John Chandler)
Lou D'Allessandro
David Chase
Sgt. Young
Ted Gehring ...
Security Guard
Vern Rowe ...
Restaurant Manager
Lew Palter ...
Lab Technician
George Brenlin ...
J.S. Johnson ...


Riley Greenleaf is a publisher and Alan Mallory, a successful writer, is his principal asset. But Alan Mallory has decided to change publishers. Riley threatens to kill Alan. Then he hires Eddie Kane, a Vietnam veteran, to murder Alan and to leave evidence that the killer is Riley himself, who has an excellent alibi. But a key will betray him. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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18 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Cassidy starred in the first official episode in the series, Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971) which also dealt with writing and publishing. See more »


(at around 37 mins) The camera pans the high rise where Riley Greenleaf's office is located. The episode (and the series) is set in the Los Angeles area, but the high rise pictured is the Bank of America world headquarters in San Francisco (featuring the black marble "Banker's Heart" sculpture in the plaza in front of the building) located at California and Kearny Streets. See more »


Riley Greenleaf: Here, buy yourself a personality.
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Another Columbo great
31 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Columbo is one of my all-time favourites, and Publish and Perish epitomises everything about why I love the series so much in the first place. It is slickly filmed and very well made, and the electronic score adds much to the atmosphere. The script is tightly written with enough to tense and humorous moments to delight even the fussiest of all Columbo fans, and never lets go even at the conclusion, which is wholly satisfying and tense, and the story is clever and compelling. Peter Falk is the embodiment of the iconic detective, and Jack Cassidy in a suitably gritty proves to be one of the series' most memorable guest stars. John Chandler is also great as Kane, and Mickey Spillane's appearance is interesting(if not necessarily for the quality of his acting) Overall, Pulish and Perish is wonderful, a Columbo great. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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