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"Columbo" Publish or Perish (1974)

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Writers:
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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Regular mystery, but not without charm See more (16 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Ralph - Elderly Man
Maryesther Denver ... Elderly Woman
Davis Roberts ... Kramer
Rocky Frier ... Parking Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Sikking ... Policeman in office (uncredited)

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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
Germany:70 min | Italy:68 min | USA:73 min | 75 min (dvd release)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 enthusiastically refers to Bette Davis' acting abilities. Peter Falk won an Oscar nomination co-starring with Davis in Pocketful of Miracles (1961).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:[sarcastically to Eddie as he throws bombs in dump] Bravo, Eddie! Very efficient and may I add that you are truly a living tribute to American ingenuity. A bit depressing for the rats, but, uh, what's one less rat in the world, eh, Eddie?See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Regular mystery, but not without charm, 7 July 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

PUBLISH OR PERISH is a short and straightforward mystery for the ever-dedicated Lieutenant Columbo. The villain of the piece in this one is series regular Jack Cassidy, playing a snotty publisher who finds himself peeved when a bestselling author cuts him off, planning to go with a rival house. He's not about to let this stand, however...

The scant running time means that PUBLISH OR PERISH is a fast-paced movie. The murder is already over and Columbo already investigating in the first twenty minutes. The twists and turns and uncovering of plot points is cleverly done, including a few things that I missed myself, and the cast is very good. Cassidy makes for a delightfully unpleasant bad guy, and real-life bestselling author Mickey Spillane has a pivotal cameo. And John David Chandler is up there with Reggie Nalder in terms of evil-looking actors.

As usual, this production belongs to the ever-great Peter Falk, who's on top form as the apparently befuddled detective. His interlude in a posh restaurant is a comic highlight , but overall the detective's force of personality has never been, well, so insistent. PUBLISH OR PERISH marks Columbo at his most dedicated.

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