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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The music which Nelson Brenner plays to Columbo just before the Madame Butterfly clip is an instrumental version of Elton John's Philadelphia Freedom. See more »


Columbo visits Brenner in his house and the two are seated on the patio. Just before Columbo leaves, Brenner holds a matchbox in his left hand and taps it with the fingers of his right hand. When they shake hands the matchbox is lying on the table. Then Brennan tells Columbo that he would show him out and he still has the matchbox in his left hand tapping it with the fingers of the right hand. See more »


Geronimo/A.J. Henderson: [Entering the amusement pier] There'd'b more privacy on a freeway.
Nelson Brenner: Oh, I don't know. Wasn't it you that said you should never have a clandestine meeting in a clandestine place? Besides which, I've always had a certain perverse affection for amusement parks.
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References Secret Agent X-9 (1945) 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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