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 ...
Dr. Frank Pierce
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Artie Podell
Curtis Credel ...
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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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The magician's box of props is labeled with the name of the actor playing the magician, Curtis Credel. See more »


The murder weapon is referred to several times as a British "Weatherby" revolver. While it may in fact a British Webley revolver, product names, like a person's name, are often changed to avoid being associated with an unpleasant act, like a murder, even a fictitious one. See more »


Capt. Gibbon: [to Columbo] Lieutenant, on the high seas we don't ask - I order!
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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 »


The Girl From Ipanema
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Played by ship's band
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The Cruise Ship
24 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Vaughn stars as Hayden Danziger, a used car salesman on a cruise to Acapulco with his wealthy wife Sylvia(played by Jane Greer) who has decided to murder his recent mistress, a lounge singer on the ship who is blackmailing him. Danziger concocts an elaborate alibi to establish his innocence, and implicate another boyfriend of hers(played by Dean Stockwell). By chance, a vacationing Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) is also aboard, and asked to investigate the murder until the ship reaches Mexico. Can Columbo solve the crime before then? Patrick Macnee and returning actor Bernard Fox costar as ship officers. Mediocre entry has a good cast but a slack pace.

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