Columbo (1971–2003)
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Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health 

Columbo investigates a self-proclaimed security expert turned crime show host for the murder of a rival with incriminating evidence of pornography.

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Wade Anders
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Budd Clarke
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Wade Anders is the host of a popular television show. Budd Clarke was the one who was originally suppose to be the host of the show but Anders did a hatchet job on him and got it. Clarke discovers that Anders once did a porno movie with an underage actress and is threatening to expose this unless Anders resigns thus paving the way for him to take over the show that he believes is rightfully his. Anders then doctors some cigarettes and replaces chain smoker Clarke's and Clarke smokes them and dies. Anders then steals the evidence that Clarke had on him. Columbo then comes in to investigate and discover a few inconsistencies. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Columbo's car is a 1959 Peugeot Model 403 convertible. See more »

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When Wade Anders goes into the office at the beginning of the movie to set up the crime, the clock on the wall indicates 7:25 p.m. After letting 4 cigarettes burn down (among a few other tasks), he leaves after about 10 minutes. However, the clock now shows 10:55 p.m. No way was he there for over 3 hours. See more »

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Budd Clarke: [Choking to death from poisoned cigarette,] I can't breathe. Help me.
Wade Anders: [Smiling] I told you those things were gonna kill ya.
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Followed by Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998) See more »

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Familiar plot and Falk has been better, but it is a very good episode all the same
27 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of Columbo and while Caution: Murder Can be Hazardous to your Health is not the best of the lot, it is very enjoyable. The plot is well written and everything with a good motive but it has been used before and perhaps better, while Peter Falk has been better as Columbo. Don't get me wrong he was still wonderful but he has also been exceptional and outstanding too. The episode does look striking though, and the music is intense and atmospheric. I also loved the script, it was funny and intelligent and Columbo and Wade had some delightful scenes together, and the direction and pacing are super efficient. The acting is fine too, as I've said Falk is wonderful if not exceptional while George Hamilton plays a different character to what he played in A Deadly State of Mind. In my personal opinion he gave the better performance in that episode, but he is excellent and works well with Falk showing easily the frustration that make the best villains intriguing to watch. Overall, very good episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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