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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
When Santini is performing a trick at Columbo's table next to the stage, Colombo accidentally knocks the menu off the table and onto the floor. In the next shot, the menu is back on the table. See more
[applying deductive reasoning to the crime scene
He never did what he came up here to do. He came up here to count his money, double-locked the door, put the money on his desk, but he never opened the box. Why? Was it because he got absorbed in listening to music, or did he have something more important to do?
Sgt. John J. Wilson
I would assume it was because he had something more important to do.
I think he had something more important to do.
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by cabaret singer and incorporated into the background score See more