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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Assistant Director (as J.P. Finnegan)
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Conroy
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Molly
Jimmy Joyce ...
Camera Operator
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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Trivia

Walter Koenig who plays Sgt. Johnson in this episode was Chekov in the Star Trek series in which William Shatner starred. See more »

Goofs

Ward's hand positions, whilst holding the chalk, after drawing the chalk circle on Columbo's back. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Columbo: [to Lucerne] That's brilliant, sir. That's very impressive. No wonder you solve more crimes than I do, sir.
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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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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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