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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
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Mrs. Finch
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Louise
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Tim Haines
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Toby Ritt
Arthur Hill ...
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Amir
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Rebecca Christy
Carol Barbee ...
Diane
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Oscar Finch is a professional 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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When Columbo hands Finch the Warrant of Arrest at the end of the episode, the warrant reads "State of California" as the defendant. See more »

Quotes

Oscar Finch: [laughing at Columbo] You know, uh, you're rather subtle for, uh, a man who seems so, uh, overt!
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Mystery Movie Theme
by Mike Post
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Very good Columbo
7 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best Columbos. The reason for this is the cat and mouse games Columbo and the bad guy, Patrick McGoohan (who won an Emmy for this one, I believe), use against each other. Also the way Columbo catches him is really funny. I always enjoy Columbo but I enjoy it even more when McGoohan shows up. (For those of you who don't know McGoohan watch the old British tv show "The Prisoner" or more recently watch him as Edward I in "Braveheart.")

McGoohan makes the man he murders looks like he committed suicide. No one knew that McGoohan was showing up excpet for the man he murders. Lt. Columbo is still able to figure out that he did it. To give away more would be wrong, so I won't do that.

The dialogue between Columbo and McGoohan is some of the most entertaining out of all the Columbos that I've seen. McGoohan really thinks he is going to get away with it but he's up against Columbo and we know how that will work out.


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