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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Sid Daley
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Clare Daley
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Conroy
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Jimmy Joyce ...
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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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10 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Judd Hirsch has an uncredited appearance as Kenny, the on-set make-up artist for Ward Fowler (portrayed by William Shatner). See more »

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Before the in-studio patio setting, a blonde in a gold quilt-patterned dress passes Columbo left to right. When the camera cuts to a closer shot of Columbo and Ward, the blonde is seen in conversation before breaking off and passing by Columbo, again, left to right. (Other background extras also fall among errors in continuity, but none more prominently.) See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Columbo: How does a smart man like Lieutenant Lucerne make a mistake like THAT?
Ward Fowler: Because you're not talking to Lieutenant Lucerne at the moment, are you, Lieutenant? You're talking to Ward Fowler.
Lieutenant Columbo: Well, what's the difference, sir?
Ward Fowler: The difference is Ward Fowler's under suspicion of murder, and a man under that kind of threat is... apt to make mistakes. He's apt to get rattled.
Lieutenant Columbo: Well, who ever said anything about Ward Fowler being under suspicion of murder?
Ward Fowler: Lieutenant Lucerne did.
Lieutenant Columbo: He did? Well, how did he ...
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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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Great Episode
28 December 2000 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

I found this to be one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen, even though most of them are funny, anyway. Falk and Shatner work great together. One of the funniest things is when Shatner's character is video taping Columbo and he has no idea how to act on camera. One of the aspects of Columbo that fascinates me is how he is able to almost befriend his suspects; that plays a great part in this episode. Don't miss character actor Timothy Carey's hilarious cameo.


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