Columbo: Season 6, Episode 1

Fade in to Murder (10 Oct. 1976)

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An egotistical but successful star of a TV detective show murders his blackmailing producer and makes it look like a robbery.

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Episode complete credited cast:
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Mark
Alan Manson ...
Sid Daley
Lola Albright ...
Clare Daley
Danny Dayton ...
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Tony (as Timothy Agoglia Carey)
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Sgt. Johnson
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Conroy
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Molly
Jimmy Joyce ...
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Frank Emmett Baxter ...
Walter Gray
Fred Draper ...
Joseph (first scene, flubbed line)
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Ward Fowler is an actor of a soap opera and his character is Detective Lucerne. His producer is Claire Daley, once his lover and now his blackmailer. Fowler decides to kill Claire and to do in such a way as to accuse her husband. Lt. Columbo begins to investigate and he is helped by Detective Lucerne who at a certain moment suspects the actor Fowler... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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The then new home video recording machines play a role in this episode. Two years later, home video recordings are believed to have played a role the murder of actor Bob Crane. See more »

Goofs

Ward and Mark watch a televised Dodgers baseball game. Though it's night, the live game occurs on a bright sunny day. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Columbo: I mean, a girl that you're gonna marry is much more apt to provide an alibi than a gofer.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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This Old Man
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Traditional English children's counting folk song.
[Sung without words by Columbo (Peter Falk) while walking towards Fowler's dressing room.]
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My all time favourite
7 February 2001 | by (Southampton) – See all my reviews

This is my all time favourite Columbo, and believe me I love them all. He is just the most clever little man I have ever seen, and the fact that it was Peter Falks own raincoat was brilliant. I love the way that he catches William Shatner, but I won't tell you how because it would spoil it if you haven't seen it. If you like Columbo watch this one again to capture the sheer brilliance of it, and if you haven't seen this one watch it for the same reason.


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