Columbo (1971–2003)
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Grand Deceptions 

After the head of a private paramilitary think tank who is embezzling funds murders a blackmailer, he has to match wits with the persistent Lieutenant Columbo.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Brailie
Andy Romano ...
Sergeant Major Lester Keegan
Janet Eilber ...
Jenny Padget
Stephen Elliott ...
General Padget
Sidney Winnik
Bennett Liss ...
Paramilitary Man #3
John William Gibson ...
Paramilitary Man #2
Paramilitary Man #4
Milt Kogan ...
Medical Examiner
Paramilitary Man #1
Rick Marzan ...
Police Officer


A Colonel works for a highly revered and well respected General. Among the things that he has been doing is having an affair with the invalid General's wife and been diverting funds from the General's foundation to fund arms sales. The General discovers some peculiarities going on at the foundation, so he instructs Sergeant Keegan to investigate, he learns of the Colonel's activities, then instead of reporting it to the General, he tries to blackmail the Colonel. The Colonel in turn kills the Sergeant. But it's not long until Lt. Columbo is on the case and on the Colonel's trail. Written by <>

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1 May 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the secretary removes the green and red folders from the safe, she leave the door of the safe open. She then joins Columbo outside. Moments later as she walks back through the room, the door to the safe is closed. See more »


Colonel Frank Brailie: The sexual life of the Camel...
General Padget: stranger than anyone thinks,
Colonel Frank Brailie: He lies in the shade of the Pyramids...
General Padget: ...and tries to make love to the Sphinx,
Colonel Frank Brailie: But the Sphinx is only a statue...
General Padget: ...beset by the sands of the Nile,
Colonel Frank Brailie: Which accounts for the humps on the Camel...
General Padget: ...and the Sphinx's inscrutable smile.
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Crazy Credits

As the program ends and the credits roll, the camera pans across the Civil War miniature figurines on their battlefield. It ends its motion on a tight closeup of a miniature figurine of Columbo himself, complete with trademark rumpled tan raincoat and arms up in his classic pose when interrupting to make a point. Clearly, his figuring is intended not as a Civil War relic, but instead as a little joke for the viewers. See more »


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The Colonel
4 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Foxworth stars as Colonel Frank Braille, who works for a respected General named Padget(played by Stephen Elliot) running his Think Tank foundation which is mostly funded by a a civilian paramilitary organization that he has been secretly embezzling funds from for nefarious reasons, which is discovered by a colleague(played by Andy Romano) who threatens blackmail, forcing Frank to murder him, making it look like a training accident, though Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) doesn't buy it, and is determined to prove it was murder. Setting is reminiscent of earlier episode 'By Dawn's Early Light', but bland, uninspired effort is nowhere in its league.

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