Columbo: Season 10, Episode 3

Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (29 Apr. 1991)

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Lt. Columbo matches wits with a defense lawyer who has never lost a case in his career.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trish Fairbanks
Cheryl Paris ...
Marcy Edwards
Neddy Malcolm
Sgt. Hubach
Sam Marlowe
Chief Quentin Corbett
Lab Technician
Hugh Creighton
Deborah Rose ...
Tad Horino ...
Gardener Ando Miaki
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A successful lawyer learns that his companion has been having an affair and upon learning of this throws her out. She in turn threatens to reveal his illegal tactics unless she gets some compensation for the time that they were together. He in turn, kills her and frames her boyfriend. Written by <>

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When Columbo goes to the private detective, hired by Dabney Coleman's character to check on the mistress, the series pays homage to classic film noir "private eyes". The name of the private eye is, Sam Marlowe. This is a combination of the names, Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe. Sam Spade was the fictional private detective of Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, The Maltese Falcon. Phillip Marlowe was the fictional character created in Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel "The Big Sleep". See more »


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Return of the Mac
3 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is not a classic episode of the great Columbo but it is still watchable. Here as the title suggests Columbo investigates the death of a rock star. Unfortunately this seems to a real product of it's time and even though it was released in 1991 it has the feel of an inferior to Columbo 80's TV show, from the awful power pop soundtrack and the terrible wardrobe. The clues that Columbo solves do not seems as clever as usual and the script here really good of done with a lot of tweaking. Saying that it is always fun to see Peter Faulk in the role and this is okay to pass the time, but there are much much greater Columbo's to begin with than this.

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