Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Cries Wolf 

When the business-savvy publisher of a "Playboy"-type men's magazine wants to sell her stock to a Rupert Murdoch-like media tycoon, she apparently disappears on a London-bound flight.

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Sean Brantley
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Tina
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Sir Harry Matthews
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Cosner
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The Mayor
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Dian Hunter
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Herself
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Dian's Secretary
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Wilson
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What happened to businesswoman Diane Hunter? Everyone thinks she went on a trip to England to sell her majority share of men's magazine Bachelor's World, but she never showed up to her meeting. Lieutenant Columbo is sure that her business partner and ex-lover, photographer Sean Brantley, killed her to keep her from selling. But proving it is another thing entirely, and Sean has a few surprises for everyone's favorite homicide cop... Written by Leaper

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20 January 1990 (USA)  »

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Columbo keeps referring to the English DCS William Durk. DCS Durk was the policeman Columbo was working with in S02E04 Dagger of the mind See more »

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Although Dian sends messages to Sean from various European countries (and she - or her murderer - left the United States entirely), no mention is ever made of trying to track or stop either of them by way of international Customs authorities. See more »

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Sean Brantley: [to Columbo] Stop it! Stop playing games! Come out from behind that cigar smoke of yours!
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Where in the world is Deidre Hall?
5 February 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's certainly hard to prove murder without a body. So when Deidre Hall gets on a plane for London gets off and disappears it causes an international incident.

Hall is co-owner of a Playboy type magazine with Ian Buchanan. But she does the work and Buchanan is the Hugh Hefner type public image. When it's a missing persons case. So in a reference to a character that Bernard Fox played back in those Columbo stories of the 70s, Chief Superintendent Durk of Scotland Yard asks his old friend Lt.Columbo to look into it from the American end.

With the dogged determination he's known for Columbo looks into the matter and zeroes in on Ian Buchanan. He comes up with bits and pieces of a homicide case, but no body.

More I will not say because I think the double twist ending was a bit much. Yes there is a body and yes there is a murder. But not one word more.

I think the Columbo writing team was being a bit too clever.


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