Columbo: Season 8, Episode 2

Murder, Smoke and Shadows (27 Feb. 1989)

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An egocentric wunderkind director murders a childhood friend who threatens to expose his negligent complicity in the death of his sister years earlier.

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Alex Bradey
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Leonard Fisher
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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 Maarten Hofman <jen@cistron.nl>

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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 »

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Columbo: [referring to the water bed] You know, I've never tried one of these. My wife, that's Mrs. Columbo, she tried to get me interested.
Alex Bradey: [after Columbo lies on the bed] Well, how do you like it?
Columbo: Well, to tell you the truth, sir, it feels all swimmy. Makes me wonder what Mrs. Columbo had in mind.
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Fisher Stevens is a genius
23 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Fisher Stevens gives a tour-de-force performance as a Spielberg-like director with delusions of omnipotence. Columbo gives him enough rope to hang himself and Stevens uses it spectacularly. There is never a dull moment as Stevens, for the first time, meets another chess player smarter than he, and unwilling to bend, Stevens ultimately breaks -- in unforgettable fashion. An "A+" Columbo episode.


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