Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star 

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
Joseph Chapman ...
Ann Weldon ...


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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29 April 1991 (USA)  »

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One of the few episodes Peter Falk played opposite to his wife Shera Danese. See more »


The killer's fake alibi hinges on a speed trap photo. An accomplice drove his car past a speed trap wearing a mask, a flat photo of the murderer's face. This is demonstrated by Columbo towards the end of the show.

In that demonstration, it is clear that the person wearing the mask can't see, and Columbo helps her to exit his car. The photo of the speed camera also shows the killer's eyes, there were no holes in the mask. That means the accomplice supposedly drove the car fast enough to set off the speed trap, while completely blind... See more »


Lt. Columbo: [reading off a card] You have the right to remain silent, you know if you give that up, anything you say can be used against you. You have the right to retain an attorney... you have the right to... what the hell is that?
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Great Episode!!!
4 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Columbo always has a reputation for being a very clever and witty murder mystery series. Columbo is not perfect, has instances where he is incredibly disorganized, then later his thoughts will be completely organized. This is the part of his great charisma and charm. I find him to be a very funny and likable guy. Episodes of Columbo where the Murderer seems to have all his or her bases covered seem to be the best episodes. Dabney Coleman's character seems to have committed the perfect murder in this episode "Columbo and the murder of a rock star". Dabney Coleman plays a very rich lawyer (who has NEVER lost a murder case) who is threatened by his rocker girlfriend. Of course This Rich lawyer guy kills his girlfriend, Columbo gets suspicious and of course his suspicions inevitably lead to the Lawyer! Ah but the Lawyer comes up with a last minute airtight alibi! Then Columbo proves the alibi to be false! How? Oh no you've gotta watch it to find out! I'll never tell!

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