Columbo: Season 3, Episode 7

Swan Song (3 Mar. 1974)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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A gospel singer wants to be rid of his zealous wife. But a murder made to look like an airplane accident does not fool the wily Lt. Columbo.

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Tommy Brown
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Edna Basket Brown
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Roland Pangborn
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J.J. Stringer
Bill McKinney ...
Luke Basket
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Mr. Grindell
Janit Baldwin ...
Tina
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The Colonel
Lucille Meredith ...
Jean the seamstress
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Bennett
Don Mantooth ...
Phil (as Donald Mantooth)
Jefferson Kibbee ...
Frank
Bonnie Van Dyke ...
Maryann Cobb
Douglas Dirkson ...
Jeff the airport mechanic (as Doug Dirkson)
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A popular folk singer's plane has crashed. Two passengers have died, and one has escaped with minor injuries. Was it really an accident? How could it not have been? Or, was it really a nearly perfect murder? Columbo is called in to find out. Written by Cindy

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Uses footage from an actual Johnny Cash concert. See more »

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When Tommy is playing with the band in the back yard, you can tell his singing is amplified. However, there is no microphone. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Any man that can sing like that can't be all bad
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I Saw the Light
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Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Johnny Cash
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Man In Black Darkens Columbos Path
8 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Johnny Cash puts on a good acting performance in this show where he is an ex-con evangelist singer who is being blackmailed for his services to build an expensive chapel. The bad person is a woman who has also railroaded him into a sham of a marriage and keeps him under her thumb by threatening to expose him and an affair he had in some hotel rooms with her underage daughter.

He sets up a plane crash where he drugs the wife & daughter, parachutes out of the plane and breaks his leg on landing. Then he puts himself near the plane for the rescuers to find while he claims it is all a horrible accident.

Columbo (Falk) proves himself to be a pretty agile investigator of the crash impressing the folks who are from the FAA in charge of investigating the crash. His dogged pursuit of the truth is much in evidence here. The entertainment in any Columbo is watching him annoy a person into confession and in this case, an evangelist confessing is good for the soul.


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