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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As Lenny and Alex are talking in Alex's studio (after Lenny skips out on the tour at the beginning of the movie), at one point Lenny walks over to a Jukebox that is up against a wall. Meanwhile Alex is standing in the middle of the room. Lenny says "I jumped ship when I saw you". The scene cuts and both men are standing in the middle of the room. No time had passed where Lenny could have walked over to Alex. See more »
A Steven Spielberg type director murders an old friend who has uncovered the director's murder of a young woman years earlier. Columbo investigates, and we are treated to him walking around a studio and spending time in this young man's opulent dressing room, complete with a soda fountain. Columbo, of course, helps himself to a sundae.
This is one of the better "comeback" Columbos of the '80s and early '90s, with a delightful performance by Fisher Stevens as the director, who, despite a childlike quality is a total jerk. Nan Martin and Molly Hagen also turn in good performances.
There's a rumor that Steven Spielberg ghost-directed this episode. Hard to know, but the director does seem to have been modeled on him - not the murder part, though.
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