Columbo: Season 5, Episode 3

Identity Crisis (2 Nov. 1975)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A top CIA operative commits murder the way only a brilliant spy can, never guessing he'll have to contend with a man like Lt. Columbo.

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Otis Young ...
Lawrence Melville
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Louie
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Geronimo / "A.J. Henderson"
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Phil Corrigan
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Salvatore Defonte
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Joyce
William Mims ...
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Photo Shop Man
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Parsons
Angela May ...
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The deceptively absent-minded police lieutenant, Columbo, investigates a complex murder case, pitting his wits against a wily secret agent working for a covert government organisation. Written by <mhockley@cableinet.co.uk>

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Salvatore Defonte and Columbo chat fluently in Italian. See more »

Goofs

When Columbo goes to Brenner's house, the two are seated on the patio. Brenner reaches out and grabs a pitcher of orange juice on the table in front of him. On the reverse shot Brenner's hands are nowhere near the the pitcher. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Who is that behind the fat lady?
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References The Prisoner (1967) See more »

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Un bel di vedremo
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from Madama Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
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McGoohan resurrects the secret agent for one last outing
25 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Leslie Nielsen dying in the first few minutes tells you that this is going to be a good TV film after all! However he does get to accompany McGoohan at the funfair first. McGoohan's portrayal of a cynical killer who is kind to little girls takes us all right back to those gallant Danger Man days! Then he even has the nerve to deliver the line "Be Seeing You" repeatedly, a farewell to his Prisoner devotees? What a star! Peter Falk shuffles in and you know even McGoohan's time is limited but what a lot he packs in first! McGoohan even gets to do his favourite 'pretending to be a very old man' party-piece. As other reviewers have said, an excellent piece with many strands. Columbo was always great but some episodes were brilliant. The only criticism of this one would be that even Columbo would never have caught this guy!


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