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"Columbo" Swan Song (1974)

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Original Air Date:
3 March 1974 (Season 3, Episode 7)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Johnny Cash ... Tommy Brown

Ida Lupino ... Edna Basket Brown

John Dehner ... Roland Pangborn

Sorrell Booke ... J.J. Stringer
Bill McKinney ... Luke Basket

Vito Scotti ... Mr. Grindell
Janit Baldwin ... Tina

John Randolph ... The Colonel
Lucille Meredith ... Jean the seamstress

Richard Caine ... Bennett
Don Mantooth ... Phil (as Donald Mantooth)
Jefferson Kibbee ... Frank
Bonnie Van Dyke ... Maryann Cobb
Douglas Dirkson ... Jeff the airport mechanic (as Doug Dirkson)
Larry Burrell ... TV Reporter Hal Fisher
Michael Lally ... TV Cameraman (as Mike Edward Lally)
Tom McFadden ... Police Pilot
Harry Harvey ... Manager (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
W.S. Holland ... Band Member (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Man Tallying Figures (uncredited)
Bob Wootton ... Band Member (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Nicholas Colasanto 
 
Writing credits
David Rayfiel (teleplay)

Stanley Ralph Ross (story)

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

Produced by
Edward K. Dodds .... producer
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Roland Kibbee .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis (music score) (as Dick De Benedictis)
 
Cinematography by
William Cronjager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bob Kagey 
 
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
Phil Cook .... assistant director (as Phillip Cook)
 
Sound Department
Wallace R. Bearden .... sound (as Wallace Bearden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
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:
99 min | USA:98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

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Trivia:
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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Factual errors: As is typical in such depictions, Tommy uses his cane on the injured side. But in order to relieve the pain and stress, the cane would be used on his good side to allow him to lean away from the injury and bear his weight.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
Sunday Mornin' Comin' DownSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
It's Johnny Cash!, 19 May 2006
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

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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