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"Columbo" Publish or Perish (1974)

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Peter S. Fischer (written by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
18 January 1974 (Season 3, Episode 5)
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Plot:
A publisher hires a bomb enthusiast to murder a bestselling author of sex novels. Lt. Columbo is on the case. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Jack Cassidy ... Riley Greenleaf
Mickey Spillane ... Alan Mallory

Mariette Hartley ... Eileen McRae

Jacques Aubuchon ... Jeffrey Neal
John Davis Chandler ... Eddie Kane (as John Chandler)

Gregory Sierra ... Lou D'Allessandro

Alan Fudge ... David Chase

Paul Shenar ... Sgt. Young

Jack Bender ... Wolpert
Ted Gehring ... Security Guard
Vern Rowe ... Restaurant Manager
Lew Palter ... Lab Technician
George Brenlin ... Locksmith
J.S. Johnson ... Palmer
Maurice Marsac ... Waiter
James Millhollin ... Elderly Man
Maryesther Denver ... Elderly Woman
Davis Roberts ... Kramer
Rocky Frier ... Parking Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Sikking ... Policeman in office (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Butler 
 
Writing credits
Peter S. Fischer (written by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Edward K. Dodds .... associate producer
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Roland Kibbee .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
William Cronjager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Kimble 
 
Art Direction by
John W. Corso 
 
Set Decoration by
Bill McLaughlin (set decorations) (as William McLaughlin)
 
Production Management
Brad H. Aronson .... unit manager (as Brad Aronson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Gilmore .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wallace R. Bearden .... sound (as Wallace Bearden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Arnold Baker .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: Mystery Movie theme
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
 

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Writing credits
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Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

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Runtime:
Germany:70 min | Italy:68 min | USA:73 min | 75 min (dvd release)
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Columbo reviews the key plot points from a previous episode, "Columbo: Candidate for Crime (#3.3)" (1973).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Riley Greenleaf:Here, buy yourself a personality.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Well Alibied, 12 May 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In his second of three appearances as a guest murderer on Columbo, Jack Cassidy plays a publisher who's about to lose his best money maker, writer of steamy trash Mickey Spillane. Good thing he's insured so that when he does arrange Spillane's demise, he's well insured.

He's also well alibied for Cassidy doesn't do it himself, he hires explosives expert John Davis Chandler to do it, saying he will publish his how to make a bomb book if he does the deed. He even has evidence planted that could link him to the crime, but then Cassidy deliberately gets himself into a minor vehicular accident to give himself a great alibi. Almost anyone else, but Peter Falk might have bought it on face value.

Cassidy's scheme was a little too well planned for someone who is informed finally that Spillane was leaving. Someone as volatile as Chandler could not be kept on a leash for any length of time. That makes this one of the lesser Columbo stories.

Even with that John Davis Chandler steals this one as the explosives man who isn't wrapped too tight.

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