Columbo: Season 5, Episode 5

Now You See Him (29 Feb. 1976)

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A stage illusionist kills his employer and makes it look like a contract killing; it's up to Lt. Columbo to trick the master trickster.

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The Great Santini
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Sgt. John J. Wilson
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Harry Blandford
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Della
George Sperdakos ...
Thackery
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Redmond Gleeson ...
George Thomas
Patrick Culliton ...
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Robert Gibbons ...
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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 Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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In what appears to be pure coincidence, given the timing, the main character of this segment is named The Great Santini, the title of Pat Conroy's autobiographical novel published the same year, later made into a film starring Robert Duvall. See more »

Goofs

When we see the outside of the magic club where Santini is working, the sign says it is "The Cabaret of Magic", which is also the name mentioned by the emcee introducing Santini. But if you look closely at the letter written to the Department of Immigration by club owner Jesse Jerome, Jesse refers to his club as "The Magic Circle Club". See more »

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Lt. Columbo: You know, I would have bet money that he couldn't get out of those cuffs.
Michael Lally: Don't ever bet with Santini. He's the cream of cream.
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References Charade (1963) See more »

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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by cabaret singer and incorporated into the background score
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17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific episode.

It is interesting to observe the cameos in this episode. Many who never made it to stardom but could have.

Odd aggregate count of women in high heels in this episode.

A must see for Columbo fans.

then again, aren't ALL the episodes? except that one involving the boat, it seems they all just dropped LSD for that episode. I'm actually NOT kidding there. Look it up.

Be prepared to hit pause a few times in this episode. The expressions are precious.

Have fun


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