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Last Salute to the Commodore 

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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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
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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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2 March 1976 (USA)  »

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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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After identifying the body, Columbo puts his arm around Clay's shoulder to lead him out of the morgue. As they turn, the scene cuts to a rear view and Columbo's hand is grasping Clay's elbow (he then raises it up to his shoulder). See more »

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Columbo: [pointedly] Dust. Dust. Dust. Dust. Dust. No dust.
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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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A most unique episode of Columbo
22 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are some very fishy things with this episode.

For one ? Notice Falk can't stop laughing.

Notice the blank stares.

Notice how he just loses it- as if in a foggy daze.

I am quite convinced the entire set did LSD for this episode.

I've never quite seen anything like this one.

I've been watching all 12 seasons - back to back and then ? This one.

Someone above mentioned Agatha Christie - It is clearly a new direction for the series. While this episode has many 'loose ends' ? They do get tied up. I'll still hold with my LSD suspicions. Somethings just are so far out there in this episode ? I don't know what else could be the answer.


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