Columbo: Season 5, Episode 6

Last Salute to the Commodore (2 Mar. 1976)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Charlie Clay runs the ship building business of his father-in-law, Commodore Swanson, who turns up murdered; Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles 'Charlie' Clay
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Kittering, Esq.
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Commodore Otis Swanson
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Sergeant Theodore "Mac" Albinsky
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Joanna Clay
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Joshua Bryant ...
Wayne Taylor
Susan Foster ...
Lisa King
Fred Draper ...
Swanny Swanson
Rod McCary ...
Coast Guard Officer
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Guard (as J. P. Finnegan)
Joseph Roman ...
Shop Foreman
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Woman
Jerry Crews ...
Watchman
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Charlie Clay runs a ship-building business owned by his father-in-law, Commodore Otis Swanson, who is not happy with his profiteering son-in-law's shady dealings. Nor is he pleased with any of the people closest to him, including his alcoholic daughter Joanna Clay, his elderly nephew Swanny Swanson or his lawyer Kittering. Soon the Commodore is murdered, and Charlie Clay covers it up by impersonating the Commodore, taking the corpse out on the man's yawl at night and throwing the body overboard. Lt. Columbo investigates this case with the help of a veteran sergeant and a 29-year-old novice. The rumpled, redoubtable detective knows Clay covered up the crime, but his assumption that Clay committed the crime may prove premature. Written by J. Spurlin

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Dennis Dugan, who played Sergeant Theodore 'Mac' Albinsky also appeared a half year later as young P.I. Richard 'Richie' Brockleman in a TV movie called "Richie Brockleman: The Missing 24 Hours" (released in October following the Columbo episode in March). The Brockleman character later spring-boarded off The Rockford Files in February of '78 to launch into its own series, "Richie Brockleman, Private Eye," which was enjoyable but short-lived. Many Columbo fans confused his modest but memorable appearance as 'Mac' with the later Richie Brockleman, since the two characters were both investigators, disarmingly personable, and brandishing unusual 3-syllable last names. See more »

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Columbo sprawls out on the pier with his left leg extended beneath him, and his right leg up and bent. Then he instantly switches to having his right leg extended below, and his left leg up - then switches back again. See more »

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Columbo: I don't think he, Charles Clay... I don't think he murdered anybody.
Kittering, Esq.: Really, Mr. Columbo. Charlie certainly went to a lot of trouble if he didn't murder the commodore.
Columbo: Oh, I think he would have gone to twice that much trouble if he thought that his wife had murdered the commodore.
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This Old Man
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Traditional English children's song/nursery rhyme.
On soundtrack in several variations at end as Columbo rows away
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Terrible pacing made me lose interest in this mystery
23 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The Columbo formula was thrown out the window here. Unfortunately, so was the pacing. The result is one of the most boring entries of the series -- complete with a Columbo who seems to be making fun of himself half of the time. At the end, since Columbo didn't seem to care that much about catching the killer, I lost interest too.


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