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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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Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During Columbo's investigation, Tommy Brown tells him that his performance of "I Saw the Light" both opens and closes his (stage) show. That's also how the episode itself opens and closes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 cowl of the airplane working on the engine as if he never stood up.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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Soundtrack:
I Saw the LightSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Man In Black Darkens Columbos Path, 8 February 2009
Author: getyourdander from United States

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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