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A successful writer of romance novels who is involved with a young, ambitious womanizer, is found shot to death in her Malibu home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Floyd Levine ...
Laurie Walters ...
TV Host
Charles Walker ...
Truck Driver
Ben Slack ...
Yolanda Lloyd ...
Mary Margaret Lewis ...
Robin Gordon ...
Bill Zuckert ...


Romance author Teresa Goren has finally been convinced of the truth: her lover, gigolo Wayne Jennings, loves her money, not her. That means their planned wedding is off, not to mention any hope Jennings has of getting his hands on her money. When Goren turns up dead, Jennings is suspected, but is apparently cleared by later evidence. But Lieutenant Columbo watches as Jennings turns his eye to Goren's sister, and begins wondering if he's really so innocent after all... Written by Leaper

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14 May 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the second pilot episode- Ransom For A Dead Man (TV episode 1971) Columbo refers to his next case whilst talking to the murderer. He says he has to go and investigate a "murder in Malibu". See more »


(at around 1h 8 mins) When Columbo and Wayne Jennings are up in the cherry-picker and what looks like a colony of bats flies overhead, the worker who is up there with them says that they are crows. See more »


Lieutenant Columbo: [Reacting to an emotional outburst by Jennings] I never saw a guy unwind that fast!
Lieutenant Schultz: Miranda?
Lieutenant Columbo: Yeah, you better.
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You guys need to lighten up and have a bit of fun !
17 June 2013 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Of course it was awful! "Last Salute to the Commodore" was awful, too. Ah come on. As the series wound down, most of the shows weren't up to what we all knew and loved of the original series.

But "Murder in Malibu"? The DVD arrived from Amazon and three weeks later we had already watched it at least six times... including two nights in a row. Where else can you get to see a detective movie that you can't stop laughing through? It was like watching The Three Stooges.

The first time we watch this and Andrew showed Brenda the trunk full of flowers; we were on the floor laughing so hard we were crying.

When he showed her the ring with that boyish smile... My wife had to called EMS; I needed oxygen! I couldn't breath.

Look at the highlights you missed while you were shaking your head in disappointment!

* Andrew Stevens, showing less talent than Zorak on "Space Ghost, Coast to Coast". * Andrew Stevens hitting on everyone but Columbo, I think. * The coroner that loves his job. * Falk's aversion to the morgue. * A trunk full of flowers. * A flock of crows showering the cast with little white presents. * The mannequin with an attitude.

I agree though; the highlight of the movie was either when "Wayne" fainted, when the accountant, while talking to Columbo said "Oh, shut up Helen" or the icing on the cake: Stevens hitting on Vacaro.

At the end, Brenda was right though. The dress did make her look like a French Poodle.

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