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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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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When Columbo (Falk) is admiring Brenner's (McGoohan's) pictures on the wall, if you look closely at the top left there is a picture of McGoohan in costume as James the Earl of Moray in 1971 movie "Mary Queen of Scots" (Moray was Mary's illegitimate half brother). See more »

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Columbo focuses on a photograph of Brenner in front of a jet aircraft. Brenner refers to the aircraft as a "T-33 Silverstar." The aircraft is properly called a "T-33 Shooting Star". See more »

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Gas Station Attendant: Want me to wipe your windshield, sir?
Lt. Columbo: No, that's all right. Don't bother. I can see through it.
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References Secret Agent X-9 (1945) 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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They cut out the clue!
14 August 2004 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

In 1975 I saw this episode on the first run.

Roughly fifteen years later I saw this episode on late night television and they cut the clue scene short five seconds before the clue.

This week I saw this episode on Bravo and they cut out the scene with the clue entirely.

I won't spoil it for you, but it would be a much better episode if they showed the full scene of the perp driving his car in the early morning light, listening to the car radio, the morning after the murder.

(Is it okay to say that there was a murder?)


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