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?
Nehemiah Persoff types the name "Stefan Meuller" on the letter to the INS. This name comes from "Twilight Zone - Judgement Night" Persoff plays a U-Boat commander and James Franciscus plays his Leftenant "Meuller". See more
When Columbo makes his first visit to the cabaret to interview Santini, he finds Santini practicing card tricks on stage to an empty room. Santini wears a gray sports jacket, but the close-up hand shots of the card tricks he does show that they are being done by someone wearing a jacket with a black-and-white checkered pattern. See more
Lieutenant, what IS it about me that you find so irresistible?
Why, you know how it is, sir. I gotta check out all the leads until I get my man.
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by cabaret singer and incorporated into the background score See more