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"Columbo" Swan Song (1974)

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David Rayfiel (teleplay by)
Stanley Ralph Ross (story)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
3 March 1974 (Season 3, Episode 7)
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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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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:
Marshall Grant ... Band Member (uncredited)
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 by)

Stanley Ralph Ross (story by)

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 verified as complete

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Additional Details

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99 min | USA:98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

Did You Know?

The police aircraft Columbo rides in (Just step on the seat) is N8642H, a North American Navion.See more »
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 »
Tommy Brown:If he's busted that guitar, I'm gonna bust his neck.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Columbo vs. Johnny Cash, 24 March 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

While not one of my favourite episodes, it is one of the more interesting ones for me. It is strikingly filmed, with a score that is atmospheric, clever dialogue and a compelling story that benefits from one of the most ingenious murder scenes of any Columbo episode. It has some great songs, footage of Cash's in concert and Cash himself in tremendous voice. I liked the comic scenes, the undertaker scene was priceless, and the ending was overall satisfying. Peter Falk once again embodies the character of Columbo, and I think Johnny Cash deserves credit for trying his best in a large and complex role. He may be inexperienced, but there are a number of scenes especially in the fantastic rapport between him and Columbo where he is at ease. John Randolph's small part is as juicy as the juiciest orange. The episode is a little slow moving at times with a couple of scenes that felt padded and although the murder was ingenious the scene was almost cheapened by special effects that are pretty lame even for the 70s. Overall though, it is a very good episode and an interesting one too. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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