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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Columbo questions Eileen and Neal in Chasen's Restaurant and provides horrified amusement to everyone by ordering chili. In fact, the real Chasen's was renowned for its chili. 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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Lieutenant Columbo: For $100,000, ya don't kill off Rock Hudson.
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One of the best Columbo episodes ever
10 January 2009 | by (Piekary Slaskie, Poland) – See all my reviews

A true Columbo classic with very intelligent and well-organized plot although it differs somewhat from the traditional one-on-one match-up.

Jack Cassidy is making a mark for himself again - similar to the other two episodes where he's co-starring - to complete the perfect cast.

Of course one must give a special call for pulp-writing legend Mickey Spillane and the gorgeous blonde Mariette Hartley both whom also appear in this episode.

Finally, the humorous restaurant scene with chili & frozen tea. Most of Columbo's personal gags involve the car, but not this time which makes it even better.


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