Columbo (1971–2003)
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Fade in to Murder 

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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Alan Manson ...
Sid Daley
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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
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Walter Gray
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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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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 »

Goofs

The cash that Ward pulls from Clare's wallet during the "robbery" is clearly not real money. See more »

Quotes

Clare Daley: [to Ward Fowler] You wouldn't make a murderer. Not even a sympathetic one. That much personality you don't have.
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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 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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