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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Louise
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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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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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Frank Staplin: I need a favor, Oscar.
Oscar Finch: Forget it.
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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McGoohan is always a fine Columbo villain
13 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Patrick McGoohan plays Oscar Finch, a brilliant attorney who has murdered a man who has been blackmailing him. He makes a good attempt to make it look like a suicide. However, Lieutenant Columbo is on the case and he soon begins to suspect foul play. McGoohan is arguably the best Columbo villain, having made four appearances. This is his third outing. He and Peter Falk play a game of cat and mouse which is great entertainment.


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