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:
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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 ...
Gallery Attendant
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Coroner Anderson
Cliff Carnell ...
Photo Shop Man
Edward Bach ...
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Parsons
Angela May ...
Ruth
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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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Mrs. Columbo is said by her husband to love classical music, especially Beethoven and Mozart. Her favorite piece is Puccini's "Madame Butterfly". See more »

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Joyce the camera lady's hands are both down on the counter when Columbo says "Let me check over something." The camera changes and Joyce's left hand is now up, touching her face. See more »

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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 The Prisoner (1967) See more »

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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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