Lt. Columbo takes a trip to Acapulco, but finds himself on a new case when a used car dealer commits murder on the cruise ship.



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Robert Douglas ...
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The Magician


Hayden Danziger is on a cruise with his older but much, much richer wife Sylvia. Rosanna Wells is on the same ship, as its singer. Rosanna and Hayden were recently lovers, after which Rosanna began blackmailing Hayden; so, having decided to kill her, he has planned the perfect crime - or so it seems, since Lt. Columbo is cruising on that very same ship and the captain has asked for his help. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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9 February 1975 (USA)  »

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One of the very few episodes of Columbo in which the Lieutenant appears on screen before the murder takes place. See more »


Lloyd Harrington can be seen sitting at the piano during the magician's act. This comes right after the captain had confined him to his quarters for the murder of singer Rosanna Wells. See more »


Hayden Danziger: [to Rosanna] You're sticking it to the wrong guy. I spent twenty years building up my business, and no smart little broad from Pittsburgh is gonna take it away from me.
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We gratefully acknowledge the co-operation and courtesies furnished by Princess Cruises and the offices and staff of the Sun Princess. See more »


Referenced in Columbo: A Matter of Honor (1976) See more »


C'est si bon
Music by Henri Betti
French lyrics by André Hornez
English lyrics by Jerry Seelen
Played by an orchestra
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17 November 2004 | by (Honolulu, HI) – See all my reviews

As a Columbo fan I've seen pretty much every episode and most of them multiple times...this one is still my favorite. The setting on the ship, the clever story line and the supporting cast make this my favorite episode.

The pacing is good and the show is well-filmed.

At this point anytime Robert Vaughn shows up Columbo should just arrest him on sight - as he has been the culprit at least three times and he is good at it.

Also worth noting that this is one of the few episodes I can think of where many of his trademarks are missing: the raincoat, the Peugot, the's just Columbo being Columbo.


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