Columbo: Season 3, Episode 5

Publish or Perish (18 Jan. 1974)

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

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Although Greenleaf's publishing company is located in Los Angeles (where Columbo works), a cover letter is addressed to him in New York City. See more »

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Restaurant Manager: Your check, Lt.
Lieutenant Columbo: Six dollars! Excuse me, err... no I think there's a mistake, I had the chilli and the iced tea.
Restaurant Manager: Oh.
[makes alterations on check]
Lieutenant Columbo: Six seventy-five?
Restaurant Manager: I forgot to add the iced tea.
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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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