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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The magician's box of props is labeled with the name of the actor playing the magician, Curtis Credel. 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 »


Lt. Columbo: [Lt. Columbo is preparing to test fire a bullet for a ballistics check] Would you mind?
Hayden Danziger: Mind what?
Lt. Columbo: Mind firing the gun into the mattress. I hate guns. Besides, I'm a bad shot. I'm liable to miss.
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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 old detective and the sea
5 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This time around has Columbo on a cruise, as this was filmed on a real one, and he ends up having to investigate a murder anyway, as the lounge singer was murdered by the slick Hayden Danzinger, played smugly and effectively by Robert Vaughn. There's some familiar faces you may recognize, such as a bushy haired Dean Stockwell(monster eyebrows), Patrick Macnee, and Bernard Fox, and this makes for a very entertaining episode. A funny gag running throughout is whether Columbo mixes up a boat with a ship, and at the end he says, "the hell with it!", as Peter Falk is clearly on top of his Columbo game here, and the rest of the cast seems to be having a good time. We never get to see Columbo's wife, who's on board with him, and when he gets a knock on his door awakening him, he tells the crew member that his wife likes to have a good time, as he's unaware the person is there informing him of a murder aboard the ship; another funny moments has the detective getting his pants wet when looking at a pool's filter for evidence. Columbo also shares his fingerprint technique he learned at the academy, although he says it's not widely used anymore, and he always made a mess of things. For several episodes that are otherwise very well done, the conclusion leaves me wanting more, and that's also the case here. Danzinger executes(no pun intended)a solid plan of murdering the singer, who's killed because she threatens to tell his wealthy wife of the affair, and considering that Lloyd(Stockwell)once dated this woman, and now she wants nothing to do with him, Lloyd makes for a logical suspect, and Danzinger does his best to frame the depressed man. I thought it was too convenient that Danzinger eventually confessed to the murder, considering how cool and calm he is through most of the cruise, and barely put up a fight to Columbo. This is still a highly entertaining episode, with solid actors and a neat location instead of the usual wealthy folks in their glamorous mansion, and I would easily recommend it to any fan Columbo fan or a fan of solid writing as well.

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