Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Goes to the Guillotine 

An egocentric psychic murders his old mentor, a magician charged to expose him as fraud, by beheading him while he's rehearsing his guillotine trick.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Greene ...
Dana Andersen ...
Sgt. Russo
Colonel Eckherdt
Milt Kogan ...
Medical Examiner
Rob Garrison ...
Young Man
Polygraph Operator
Lenny Hicks ...


Famous (and fraudulent) psychic Elliot Blake uses his old mentalist skills to live a lavish lifestyle at the expense of a psychic research institute and hopefully, the US Government. What seems at first like a threat, a test devised by a well-known magician and debunker of psychics, turns out to be his chance for revenge against his former mentor. What he can't foresee is a police lieutenant who knows all the tricks. Written by Mark Cabot Robinson

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6 February 1989 (USA)  »

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When Tommy does the card trick for Columbo in the magic shop he holds the deck a bit too high for the camera angle - you can see that, in fact, the entire deck is made up of Aces of Diamonds. See more »


While not ideal, a Phillips head screw can be screwed by a "regular" flat-bladed screwdriver, but not the other way around. To make the screwdriver plot viable, they should have reversed it. See more »


Elliott Blake: Why did you help me today, Max?
Max Dyson: Quite a little stunt we pulled. Maybe we should take it on the road.
Elliott Blake: Why, Max?
Max Dyson: You have to ask me that, after what we went through in Uganda? So we cooked up a little illusion for Mr. Harrow. I'll survive the insult. See how you like this.
[Max triggers the guillotine, and the blade falls, but leaves Elliott unharmed]
Max Dyson: Beautiful effects, huh?
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The glories of Pasadena
17 April 2006 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

For the past 30 years, Pasadena has been one of the major filming locales in the world of filmdom.

There were a couple Banacek episodes in the early '70s that particularly showcased two of Pasadena's more famous attractions, the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Playhouse.

Also, an episode of the Munsters from the mid'60s gave viewers a terrific view of Jackie Robinson Field across from the Rose Bowl when Leo Durocher discovered that Herman could hit a baseball 8 blocks.

However, nothing I've seen utilizes the Rose Bowl City quite like this Columbo TV movie.

While examining what's known as "Remote Viewing," i.e., projecting one's thought through space to picture places and events in one's mind from great distance, the locations being "Viewed" are Pasadena's beautiful landmark "Suicide Bridge"; an office tower on Lake Ave. & Colorado Blvd. (Colorado Blvd. is the Rode Parade route); and its classic 1920s city hall, which was used in countless Mission Impossible episodes (among other shows) as a foreign palace, foreign embassy, etc.

BTW, this TV Movie is one of the best of the latter day Columbo's, after Peter Falk's long layoff from the character.

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