Columbo: Season 6, Episode 1

Fade in to Murder (10 Oct. 1976)

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An egotistical but successful star off 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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When Ward is robbing the sandwich shop he's not wearing gloves. He takes and handles Clare's leather wallet and just tosses it away, yet his fingerprints aren't found on it by the lab. Later, when he's putting the revolver back into the Gun Room he again doesn't wear gloves. He wipes the gun with a handkerchief, but he still handles the gun after and should have left some pretty good prints since he had just cleaned it, but Columbo doesn't find any prints on it. See more »

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Lieutenant Columbo: I sometimes have a funny effect on people, being a police lieutenant. At least I hope that's what it is.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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"This Old Man' (uncredited)
Traditional English children's counting folk song.
Hummed by Peter Falk while in Shatner's dressing room.
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Great Mystery
11 August 2000 | by (Somewhere In Canada) – See all my reviews

William Shatner (James Kirk) plays an actor who murders a woman for revenge. He has an entire plot planned, with his roommate drunk and a baseball game taped, and a "borrowed" gun used only for the crime. Shatner plays a detective on TV who was Columbo's role model, and the lieutenant is over re-joiced that he will work with Shatner on the mystery. Great mystery with a completely obvious clue to the solving (when it's explained) unseen by anyone but Columbo (when I say anyone, I mean the audience, too), a real treat (just as all the Columbo movies are).


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