Columbo (1971–2003)
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Swan Song 

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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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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3 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Tommy Brown hides sedatives in his guitar case before going to the airport. Johnny Cash was once arrested for hiding sedatives and amphetamines in his guitar case at an airport. See more »

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When Columbo is talking to Mr. Grindell the funeral director, he says that his wife does all the shopping, but in Double Exposure, Columbo mentions that he always does the grocery shopping. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Columbo: You know what the problem is? You're a celebrity. Because of you, my boss, he won't let me close up this case until I covered everything. Every loose end's gotta be tied up. Hey, make you crazy. So that's the problem.
Tommy Brown: That's a cryin' shame. It really is. Man with your talent, real killers loose out there, and they got you chasin' smoke.
Lt. Columbo: Whadda ya gonna do? That's the job, right? You take the good with the bad.
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Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Johnny Cash
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interesting, especially for Johnny Cash fans ...
19 November 2000 | by (Columbus, OH USA) – See all my reviews

I found this movie quite interesting, mainly for two reasons: 1) I am a Johnny Cash fan, and 2) I am a licensed private pilot. I thought Johnny did a decent job playing an ex-convict who turned his life around and became a famous folk/country/gospel singer. (Naturally, he *should* be good at this role--this is his life-story!) And, I enjoy just about any TV drama where flying and small airplanes are central plot elements. On the down side, I was disappointed that most of the "Christians" in the movie were depicted as money-grabbing hypocrites.


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