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

Lt. 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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Maxine Jarrett (as Penny Johnson)
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Henry Santos
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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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20 February 1991 (USA)  »

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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 »

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While Columbo is showing the used cigarette to Wade Anders the shape and size of the butts keeps changing. See more »

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Columbo: My niece's green thumb couldn't make hedges grow that fast.
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Spoofs Debbie Does Dallas (1978) See more »

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The Smoker
6 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

George Hamilton stars as Wade Anders, a successful host of a true crime TV series called "Crime Alert" who finds himself being blackmailed by the runner-up for the job called Budd Clarke(played by Peter Haskell) who has a videotape of an adult film Wade did long ago that he desperately wants to keep a secret, so rather than give in to his demands(resign as host, and see to it Budd is his replacement), Wade kills him by using poisoned cigarettes, but of course Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) finds discrepancies in the clues, so sets his sights on Wade as his prime suspect. Hamilton(making his second appearance) is smooth as the killer, though plot does ramble on a bit.


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