Columbo (1971–2003)
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Murder in Malibu 

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 »


In Jess McCurdy's office as Columbo is reviewing the tape, he has a band aid on his right pinkie finger. They both leave for the murder scene. When Columbo arrives a few minutes later, the band aid is gone. See more »


Jess McCurdy: Like hell you are.
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Padded but watchable Columbo yarn
2 January 2003 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

Jackson Gillis wrote some of the best scripts for the 70's Columbo series and he's on hand here to modify the old Columbo formula in this 1990 production.

The admission by producers with these "new" Columbo adventures is that the detective's well-known and well-received characterisation is no longer singled-handedly able to support an ordinary, Murry mystery script. This TV movie is a case in point - we are never quite sure who the murderer is until the end, something that completely goes against Columbo tradition...

It's too long for what it finally reveals and some of the acting is soap-opera style at best, but the character of Columbo remains charming to this day (something that Peter Falk deserves a lot of credit for). Watchable, but there are better "new" Columbo adventures around and it it still hard to bear largely second-rate stars acting as the murderers when some of the top actors/actresses graced the Columbo series in the 70's.

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