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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wade Anders
Budd Clarke
Maxine Jarrett (as Penny Johnson)
Henry Santos
Marie Chambers ...
Sergeant Lewis
Patricia Allison ...
Jack Tate ...
Barbara Baylor
Michael Russo ...
Duke Dimarco


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 <>

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20 February 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The second time George Hamilton has played a villain in an episode. He previously played a murderous psychiatrist in Columbo: A Deadly State of Mind (1975). See more »


The floppy disc that Wade takes from his office is different than the one he uses to plant the story on Budd's computer. The disc, when he first takes it, has about 5 stories written on the label with a space between each title. When he takes it out of his pocket at Budd's house, there are more titles written on the label with no spaces between. See more »


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: No Time to Die (1992) See more »

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Perfectly serviceable instalment
21 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A fun entry in the 1990s series of revamped Columbo TV movies, this features George Hamilton playing the villain for the second time in the series (the first was 1975's A DEADLY STATE OF MIND). Hamilton has never been the world's greatest actor, but he's a solid fit for this 1990s-feeling piece, which has a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of light comedy to see it through.

Hamilton plays the presenter of a big crime TV show (think the BBC's CRIME WATCH) who discovers to his displeasure that a rival has uncovered a dirty secret from his past. He kills the guy by poisoning his cigarette, and Columbo is soon on the case. One of the annoying things about this episode is the slow, drawn-out way that Columbo describes the clues and the like to the audience; he actually seems quite slow-witted, and was never like this in the old episodes.

Still, the mystery is a good one, and there's an ingenious climax. Plus, I find the comedy in this latter episodes to be as strong as ever, with the interlude in the dog parlour a highlight. CAUTION: MURDER CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH is a perfectly serviceable entry in the Columbo TV series.

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