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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Dr. Frank Pierce
Capt. Gibbon
Poupée Bocar ...
Artie Podell
Curtis Credel ...
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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This story deals with a ship loaded with used car dealers. Actor Curtis Credel, who plays the magician, will later become owner and operator of his own used car lot. See more »


Columbo mishandles key pieces of evidence during the case. He loosely keeps the bullet from the murder in his pocket. Because of this it's subject to being damaged and he cannot prove a chain of evidence and it would not be admissible as evidence. When he is handling the surgical gloves and checking them for fingerprints he handles them with his bare hands, which would also make useless as evidence. See more »


Lt. Columbo: [seasick] The same thing happened to me last year. My wife and I were checked into this motel with a water bed. I thought I was gonna die.
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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 »


Written by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno (1958)
Sung by Poupée Bocar.
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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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