Columbo: Season 9, Episode 3

Agenda for Murder (10 Feb. 1990)

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This time Columbo is put on a murder that was made to look like a suicide. However, he notices some loose ends, and asks a lawyer and a governor to clear these problems up.

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Paul Mackey
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Frank Staplin
Penny Fuller ...
Mrs. Finch
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Anne Haney ...
Louise
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Tim Haines
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Toby Ritt
Arthur Hill ...
The Governor
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Amir
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Rebecca Christy
Carol Barbee ...
Diane
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Oscar Finch is a lawyer, who uses illegal and underhanded methods to get his clients off, like coercing young men into destroying evidence, like Paul Mackey who worked for the D.A.'s office twenty years ago and whom he bribed into destroying some evidence against a client of his. Today they are joined at the hip and Mackey is a congressman and who has been asked by the Governor who is running for president to be his vice president. Finch hopes that this will mean a cabinet position for him. Finch is then contacted by Frank Staplin, the client that Mackey helped get off twenty years ago. Now unless Finch helps Frank again, he will tell everyone that Finch and Mackey were the ones who helped him avoid prosecution twenty years ago. Finch then kills him and makes it look like a suicide. But a few inconsistencies lead Lt. Columbo to believe that it was not and the fact that Staplin made a few phone calls to Finch before he died leads Columbo to see him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Last film of Arthur Hill. See more »

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As Columbo enters the office of Finch, whilst speaking to Diane in the background, he holds his arms crossed in front of him (including a cigar). The shot follows him into the office and films him from behind, whilst walking. Next shot (still walking) he walks with arms moving next to him. See more »

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Oscar Finch: He didn't have a hope in hell, so I told the guy to get lost. And, boy, did he ever.
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Mystery Movie Theme
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McGoohan v Falk pt 3
10 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Patrick McGoohan is in brilliant form as attorney Oscar Finch. The rapport between he and Peter Falk is superb. Finch seems to have all the answers to Columbo's questions, but as with all Columbo villains he gets his comeuppance in the end. This is one of the finest films in the series.


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