Columbo: Season 4, Episode 4

Troubled Waters (9 Feb. 1975)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Douglas ...
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 »


When Mr. Danziger runs downstairs to commit the murder, he passes the same stairwell twice, judging by a sign and a trolley with plates. See more »


Hayden Danziger: Why are you checking on previous passengers?
Lt. Columbo: It's the timing of the murder, sir. Whoever killed Miss Wells must've known that she would go to her cabin during the break. You see, that would suggest a member of the crew or a member of the band. A passenger wouldn't know that - not on the FIRST night of the cruise - but a previous passenger WOULD.
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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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Nothing that much troubling about this episode...
23 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me this is one of the better Columbo episodes. It is not a perfect episode, it does take too long to set up and some of the clues are rather obvious(how many mistakes does a murderer need to make?). I know some may find the ending downbeat, but I had no problem with it personally. Even with the faults, Troubled Waters is a very interesting episode. It is a refreshing change of pace, taking place on a ship, which is a quite sumptuous setting in itself, and it is slickly filmed. The music is fitting with the period and with the jaunty and haunting moments you'd expect. Apart from some of the obvious clues and slow start, the mystery rolls along and is diverting, and the dialogue is still clever and intelligent. Peter Falk is as wonderful as ever, some of his trademarks are not on display here such as the raincoat, but his shrewd, observant and cunning personality still remains. Robert Vaughn is good in his role and this is the better of the two appearances he gave, if not among the best guest villain performances of the series(McGoohan, Gordon, Cassidy, Culp, Clark, Leigh, Wilkinson and Torn), but if I were honest I found Dean Stockwell to be a little more at ease here. All in all, one of the better episodes with not much troubling about it. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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