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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Otis Young ...
Lawrence Melville
Geronimo / "A.J. Henderson"
Phil Corrigan
Salvatore Defonte
William Mims ...
Gallery Attendant
Coroner Anderson
Cliff Carnell ...
Photo Shop Man
Edward Bach ...
Angela May ...


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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2 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Nelson Brenner is talking to Columbo about where he got his cigars, he says, "The Bay of Pigs wasn't a total disaster." In the movie "The Inlaws", Peter Falk's character tells Alan Arkin's character the Bay of Pigs was his idea. See more »


When Columbo opens and closes the blinds in Brenner's office to demonstrate the sound heard on tape, he leaves the slats closed in the down position (the position one would normally close the slats). The scene changes to show Columbo walking away from the window and the slats are closed in the up position (top of the slats facing up and outward). See more »


Lawrence Melville: [amused] You sure are strange, Mr. Steinmetz.
Nelson Brenner: [disguised as Steinmetz] It's a strange world.
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References The Prisoner (1967) See more »


Un bel di vedremo
from Madama Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Heard over the End Credits
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The Time Of The Day
9 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Peter Falk enters the world of espionage with this case as CIA man Leslie Nielsen is found dead on a beach after leaving a restaurant. He was having dinner with Patrick McGoohan who then murdered him. Nielsen was getting way too close to finding out that McGoohan had a secret identity as a double agent named Steinmetz.

Again Falk is facing a perpetrator who is pretty smart and resourceful and in his case can call down the very forces of the government he's betraying to halt the investigation. In fact he does have Columbo followed and then even has David White who is playing his superior come down and confer with Columbo. All that does is convince Falk that he's definitely got the right guy.

This one is a cleverly written story and how does McGoohan get tripped up. Something as simple as the time of the day. Check this out.

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