Columbo: Season 9, Episode 5

Uneasy Lies the Crown (28 Apr. 1990)

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The unsuccessful junior partner in a dental group, a bad husband and degenerate gambler, faces divorce and ostracism from his father-in-law's firm.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Wesley Corman
Lydia Corman
Nancy Walker ...
Ron Cey ...
Adam Evans (as Marshall Teague)
David Sherwin
Raymond Singer
John Roarke
Paul Burke ...
Horace Sherwin
Lynne Marta ...


A dentist is threatened by a divorce, because his wife loves another man, and his father-in-law, who wants to collect his gambling debts. He decides to kill his wife's lover, and frame his wife for it, to get out of the situation. Columbo tries to solve the murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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Nancy Walker appeared as herself in this Columbo. At one point Lt. Columbo recognizes her as the actress from the "Rock Hudson Show", a reference to McMillan & Wife (1971), a series that she regularly appeared in, and an episode of which contained the original version of this Columbo story. See more »


When Columbo explains his suspicions to the dentist at the race track, the dentist orders Columbo a Scotch. Just as they part the glass of Scotch changes positions between Columbo's hands and the little table a few times. See more »


Dr. Wesley Corman: You think I killed Evan?
Columbo: Yes sir, I do.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


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Classic Columbo--Lots of fun
20 May 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better second generation Columbos. The murder is ingenious and the murderer is more intelligent than many others in the later Colombos. He doesn't make any careless mistakes and if not for his arrogance in thinking he couldn't be caught, probably would have gotten away with it. James Read plays a charming and sophisticated villain. It's a pleasure to watch him spar with Colombo and to see his mounting irritation as Columbo keeps turning up as the proverbial bad penny ("uh, just one more thing, sir..."). The cameos by the murderer's poker buddies are a nice treat. Columbo's solution is equally fun and ingenious.

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