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Uneasy Lies the Crown 

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
Ron Cey ...
Adam Evans (as Marshall Teague)
David Sherwin
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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28 April 1990 (USA)  »

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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 »


Columbo: If you don't mind, sir, it's very cold out here, you think I could come in? This coat doesn't have a lining.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


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Middling at best
12 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I wasn't a huge fan of this second-rate Columbo episode about a killer dentist. Sure, the murder method is elaborate - some might say too elaborate - but the whole screenplay feels like it's trying too hard to equal the quality of the '70s episodes, and it doesn't. In addition, the cast is generally second tier, and the lack of a decent guest villain really hurts it too.

James Read is the villain here, and again - I'm going to say it - he's rather middling. He's a mild-mannered gambler who has none of the icy tete a tete scenes with the crumpled detective that we know and love from elsewhere. Falk's not bad, and the comedy scenes he's involved in are funny too, but I was too distracted by his ridiculously dyed hair for the most part (why not dye it black instead of that silly brown colour?).

The production values are acceptable and there are some strong supporting actors including Paul Burke, who plays the father in law of the murderer. But overall this is acceptable rather than electrifying, and it could have been so much more in the right hands.

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