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
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The murder occurs at the delicatessen operated by Tony played by Timothy Carey
. In season one, Carey played Bert, the owner of a diner where Columbo would sometimes go for a bowl of chili. See more
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
I sometimes have a silly effect on people. You know what I mean, just being a police lieutenant. You know, uh... At least I hope that's why.
This Old Man
Traditional English children's counting folk song.
[Sung without words by Columbo (Peter Falk) while walking towards Fowler's dressing room.] See more