This time Columbo pits his wits against a movie director who murders an old friend on a set, because this friend is in possession of a damaging piece of film, on which the actress died and isn't helped by the movie director. Written by
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When Columbo tells him the victim is his friend Lenny, Alex puts his glasses up to his forehead. He later moves the glasses back on his nose, but in the next shot from behind the glasses are still on his forehead. See more »
Coincidence is what makes a story, Lieutenant. Without coincidence, life runs evenly like a train on a track. Coincidence is a trainwreck, violence, suffering, and guilt.
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As much as I enjoy Peter Falk in his signature role, many of the later episodes of the series find the great actor turning Columbo into a caricature. The charming but believable eccentricities of the early 70s detective became more pronounced and the effect more comical than amusing. This episode, the first of the refurbished Columbos to air on ABC uses Steven Spielberg, director of 1971's Murder By The Book, as an obvious model for the villain, but Fisher Stevens is merely adequate in a role that Roddy McDowell might have effectively played a decade and a half earlier. It's all fairly average, but it does offer a very accurate preview of the episodes to come in that none come close to equaling even the least successful episodes from the show's NBC run.
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