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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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Frank Brailie
Andy Romano ...
Sergeant Major Lester Keegan
Janet Eilber ...
Jenny Padget
Stephen Elliott ...
General Padget
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Tanzer
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Sidney Winnik
Lynn Clark ...
Marcia
Bennett Liss ...
Corporal
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Paramilitary Man #3
John William Gibson ...
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Paramilitary Man #4
Milt Kogan ...
Medical Examiner
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Paramilitary Man #1
Rick Marzan ...
Police Officer
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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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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1 May 1989 (USA)  »

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When Columbo looks at the body of Sergeant Major Lester Keegan, you can see him blinking. See more »

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General Padget: Someone promises once and doesn't deliver, well, that's a busy man. Promises twice, he's not very efficient. Promises three times, I know when I'm being diddled. But here we are, after all. I take it all back.
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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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Written by George Gershwin
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27 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know why this episode is getting bashed. I thought it was one of the better 'new' Columbos. The Private Military Corp is a fun setting and the acting is uniformly good. Columbo is less goofy than he is in a lot of new episodes, too. There area lot of little touches that they add in this one that are not in a lot of the new ones: a few scenes with "This Old Man" in the background and an appearance by Dog. A lot of people complain that this villain is too easy for Columbo to get, but I will say that he actually gets some pretty decent evidence to build up a case, which does not always happen in Columbo. I will admit, I think this one is helped immeasurably by the score, which is just phenomenal! Check it out!


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