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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Max Dyson: Just so we understand each other, I've tested hundreds of you people;
[sarcastically]
Max Dyson: your incredible, mystical, psychic gifts.
Elliott Blake: Surely some were genuine?
Max Dyson: None. Not a one. Nothing I couldn't explain and duplicate. That's in case anyone here thinks I'm a believer.
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Referenced in Endeavour: Harvest (2017) See more »

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A Welcome return for an old friend!
24 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I think of Peter Falk's Lieutenant Columbo as an old friend. I love watching him in action. Peter Falk is so good at playing him and he obviously enjoys it as well because he keeps coming back to him as well. I know that he kept the trademark raincoat from the series. Columbo Goes to the Guillotine was the first of many Columbo television films that came back after a decade long absence from our homes. We notice that Columbo hasn't changed that much including his raincoat over the last ten or so years that he stopped playing him. He's still the smart, funny, forgetful, and lovable Italian detective that we remember and treasure. I wish there was another episode even now. They're all treasures. I love how he doesn't change with the times but the characters do.


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