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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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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At the murder scene when Columbo notices the computer, the screen shows about one paragraph of writing on it, maybe 5-6 lines. The shot then switches to a close-up and the screen shows two paragraphs of writing. The shot changes back to a farther away view and only the one paragraph is there. See more »

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Columbo: [to Budd Clarke's dog] Oh, you're a girl! Gee, you have more life in you than my dog.
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Followed by Columbo: Undercover (1994) See more »

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Enjoyable entry into the Columbo series
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After being off the air for a while, Columbo returned with some new made-for-TV mysteries that, while not being as good as the original series, are better than the shows that were done in the later '90s.

"Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health" used the then (and I guess now, if you think about it) true crime shows as the situation for a murder. The murder is committed by a very successful, egomaniacal true crime show host, George Hamilton (in a nice bit of casting). His chain-smoking nemesis, who lost the job to him, played by Peter Haskell, attempts to blackmail Hamilton when he discovers a porno video Hamilton made with an underage actress in his salad days. Hamilton uses Haskell's cigarettes to deliver the death blow via poison, giving himself an alibi as well.

Columbo is brought in to find out what happened. You know the rest. Highly entertaining.


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