Columbo: Season 5, Episode 6

Last Salute to the Commodore (2 Mar. 1976)

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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
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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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Trivia

The dialogue between Sgt. Kramer and Lt. Columbo over smoking (Kramer: "Thought you were gonna quit;" Columbo: "Not yet. No, not yet, Sergeant. Not yet") as Columbo figuratively rides off into the sunset (actually, rowing himself away toward a yacht club), is almost certainly a clever response directly aimed toward intense fan curiosity at the end of season five over Peter Falk returning to play Columbo in subsequent years. See more »

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When Charles Clay drives away from Otis Swanson's house his car has wire wheels, but when he pulls up to the guard shack it has hub caps. See more »

Quotes

Columbo: You got a match, Sergeant?
Sergeant George Kramer: Thought you were gonna quit.
Columbo: Not yet. No, not yet, Sergeant. Not yet.
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This Old Man
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On soundtrack in several variations at end as Columbo rows away
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The Stateroom scene
17 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Last Salute to the Commodore" almost appears as if someone tried to extend "the stateroom scene" from the Marx Brothers' "A Night at the Opera" into a feature length film, with a murder mystery added on top of it all.

It's quite weak in may ways. The victim, the motive, the clues that lead Columbo to the solution.

The supporting assistants to Columbo, especially "Mac" seem to have no reason to be there. Usually his assistants hinder him in some humorous and innocent way, but the present ones are just... there. I'm going to guess there were some contractual obligations being fulfilled.


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