Columbo: Season 5, Episode 3

Identity Crisis (2 Nov. 1975)

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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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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 <>

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Leslie Nielsen's second Columbo appearance. See more »


When Columbo goes to the hot dog stand, there is a salt shaker, sugar, and a ceramic cup on the counter. When the shot is shown from behind Columbo, the ceramic cup is empty. When the shot shows the front of Columbo, the cup is filled with wooden utensils. See more »


Nelson Brenner: Colorado is a river.
Geronimo/A.J. Henderson: Geronimo is an Indian.
Nelson Brenner: There is no beach like a long beach, an amusement park.
Geronimo/A.J. Henderson: When?
Nelson Brenner: In two hours.
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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 pinnacle of Columbo....
18 February 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I think this was the toughest murder for Lt. Columbo to solve out of all the Columbo's from '68 to 2003. Patrick Mcgoohan plays the villain here and is the only actor to play the antagonist four times. The other three being By Dawns Early Light (1974), Agenda for Murder (1990) and Ashes to Ashes (1997). In my opinion he was the best at his craft in Columbo and this is by far my favourite out of the four Patrick Mcgoohan outings. Leslie Nielson is on tap here as well in one of his early serious roles and he is just brilliant ( Lets not forget that Leslie was also in season 1's episode Lady in Waiting with Susan Clark). This was one of the more serious episodes with less comic relief and the final 20 minutes is the best work of the entire series. Trust me!!!!!!!!!!

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