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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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
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Marcia
Bennett Liss ...
Corporal
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Paramilitary Man #3
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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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Goofs

After Columbo removes some of the books from the right of the shelf, a few adjacent to them fall over, but those at the left end of the shelf remain upright. Moments later, the books at left have also fallen over, and moments after that they return to being upright. 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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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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I've Got A Crush On You
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Written by George Gershwin
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It could have been worse!
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Columbo always likes to get his man or woman. This time, it's Robert Foxworth who plays a military man. Sam Wanamaker better known and respected for his role in rebuilding the Shakespeare Globe Theater on the Thames in London, England returns to direct a Columbo. He is a veteran director and it shows. Of course, I think it could have been better. The writing was a bit weaker than most and I think it could have been a lot better in the acting department but I love Columbo and I have seen almost all of them many times. I think even the casting would have been better besides just Falk and Foxworth in the roles but I'll take Columbo with the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes brilliant episodes.


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