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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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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In-joke: Tommy Brown refers to his unseen music arranger as "Nick Solacanto"; the director of the episode is Nicholas Colasanto. See more »

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Columbo calls out to a mechanic working on an airplane in the hanger. The mechanic looks up and stands up straight. A second later, the mechanic is back under the hood of the airplane working on the engine as if he never stood up. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: [Showing ID in a hushed tone] L.A.P.D., Lieutenant Columbo. I just didn't want to identify myself in front of the reporter.
Roland Pangborn: Why not?
Lt. Columbo: Well, it's like you're saying, it's better to be unofficial until you get the facts.
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I Saw the Light
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Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Johnny Cash
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It's Johnny Cash!
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Academy Award nominee Joaquim Phoenix was researching Johnny Cash, he mentioned this Columbo episode in particular. Johnny Cash plays a man who is very similar in some respects to his real personality. They're both musicians and singers but that's it. Johnny's character is a recovering criminal who married Ida Lupino's character who is overly zealous about God and religion. When her character learns of her husband's straying with younger girls, he decides to off them on the plane but survives. Anyway, I love watching Johnny Cash and Peter Falk together. I love the scene where Columbo researches parachutes and goes into the sewing room where the woman thinks she is losing her mind. Anyway, I remember that scene in particular as he tries to figure out how he did it. In the end, it's just worth watching. It's for Johnny Cash fans especially. He would have been a wonderful actor as well as singer.


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