The Great Santini, a successful Los Angeles night-club illusionist, is really an ex-Nazi named Stefan Mueller. When his employer, Jesse Jerome, threatens to reveal his true identity to the Israeli government, Santini kills Jerome in a cleverly conceived scheme to commit the crime while in the process of performing an act on stage, in which he is bound by chains and submerged in a tank. Lieutenant Columbo, the cheaply dressed yet extremely intelligent detective from the LAPD's Homicide Division, arrives to investigate Jerome's murder and instantly suspects Santini. Columbo patronizingly pursues Santini with incessant questions while searching for a clue to prove Santini's guilt and to dispel the illusionist's "perfect" crime. Written by
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Did You Know?
The smiling lady with short brown hair who is in the Cabaret of Magic as an appreciative fan/customer (seated at the bar) in an early scene is later seen briefly as a kitchen worker in the background behind Columbo. See more
The napkin on Santini's tray changes shape and position as he is about to commit the murder after walking upstairs. See more
Tell me, Santini, last month before you left for New York, you didn't by chance break into this office and search through my effects?
What a silly question. Of course I did. And I stole your Manet, your Picasso, and got a lovely price for your Reubens. You know I didn't.
I thought not. It was dreadful of me even to, uh, suggest it.
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by cabaret singer and incorporated into the background score See more