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"Columbo" Death Hits the Jackpot (1991)

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Levinson (created by) &
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Original Air Date:
15 December 1991 (Season 11, Episode 1)
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Plot:
Freddy, a down-on-his-luck photographer in the final stages of a divorce, wins $30 million in the lottery... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
An entertaining late Columbo episode. See more (11 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Rip Torn ... Leon Lamarr

Jamie Rose ... Nancy Brower
Gary Kroeger ... Freddy Brower

Betsy Palmer ... Martha Lamarr
Warren Berlinger ... Det. Stroller
Antony Ponzini ... Gregory Lopiccolo
Penny Santon ... Momma
Marilyn Tokuda ... Judy
Brit Lind ... Trish (as Britt Lind)
Robert Alan Browne ... Detective Lancer
Daniel Trent ... Detective Braverman
Donald Craig ... Auctioneer
Peter Schreiner ... Otto
Shane McCabe ... Meyer McGinty

Elizabeth Lambert ... Leda

Victoria Boa ... Shari
Michael Prince ... Mr. Weatherford
Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Weatherford

Dick Patterson ... Master of Ceremonies
Ed McCready ... Security Guard

Dianne Travis ... Greta (as Dianne Turley Travis)
Robert Rothwell ... Minister
Margaret Howell ... Saleswoman in Jewelry Store
Kathryn White ... 1st Woman
Marjorie Stapp ... 2nd Woman
Charner Wallis ... 3rd Woman
Larry Randolph ... John

Webster Williams ... Car Salesman
Michael Halpin ... Staff Person
Gerry Okuneff ... Patrolman
Marte Boyle Slout ... Lady At Auction
Allen Rice ... Man At Auction
Dona Speir ... Model #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barron Christian ... Cardinal Richelieu (uncredited)
Charles D. Miller ... Crime Scene Cop (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
 
Writing credits
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Jeffrey Bloom (written by)

Robert Van Scoyk  uncredited

Produced by
Peter Falk .... executive producer
Todd London .... co-producer
Christopher N. Seiter .... producer (as Christopher Seiter)
 
Original Music by
Steve Dorff 
 
Cinematography by
George Koblasa (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael J. Lynch 
 
Production Design by
Bill Ross 
 
Art Direction by
Cosmas A. Demetriou  (as Cosmas Demetriou)
 
Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Good 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Saint Anne 
 
Makeup Department
Paula Griffin .... hairstylist
Lisa Pharren .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager (as Christopher Seiter)
Stephen Swofford .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David D'Ovidio .... second assistant director
Joseph A. Ingraffia .... first assistant director (as Joseph Ingraffia)
 
Art Department
Michael Walsh .... sets leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Thomas E. Allen .... sound mixer (as Thomas E. Allen Sr.)
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Al McGuire .... boom operator
Rick Bozeat .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ron Stephenson .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Lewis Bush .... costume supervisor (as Robert Bush)
Jill Sheridan .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... supervising music editor
 
Other crew
Joshua Silverman .... assistant location manager
William Read Woodfield .... executive story consultant
 

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Runtime:
Germany:92 min | USA:120 min (including commercials) | USA:98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2008)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the third episode in which columbo speaks fluent Italian.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Columbo is showing Leon the f-stops on the camera, he passes it to him lens first. The close-up then shows it with lens pointing away from Leon, then the next long shot lens first - at which point Columbo turns it round.See more »
Quotes:
Columbo:Well, the bad news, ma'am, is that Mr. Lamarr here is going to be arrested for the murder of your husband.
Nancy Brower:Oh, my God. Leon, how could you?
Leon Lamarr:Ha!
Nancy Brower:And what's the good news?
Columbo:That you've just inherited the better part of $24 million after taxes. It wasn't Mr. Lamarr who won the lottery, it was your late husband.
Nancy Brower:[pretending surprise] What?
Columbo:And even though you were in the process of getting a divorce, you were still legally married at the time of the drawing.
Nancy Brower:I get the money?
Columbo:All of it. All of those millions.
Leon Lamarr:It'll be a cold day in hell.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining late Columbo episode., 24 January 2015
Author: Hotwok2013 from United Kingdom

Freddy Brower (Gary Kroeger) is an out-of-work photographer in the throes of getting a divorce from his wife Nancy (Jamie Rose). Whilst discussing the divorce settlement with her is watching the television & finds he has won the jackpot (30 million dollars) on the national lottery. His wife has not yet signed the divorce papers & so is legally entitled to a half of his winnings. So he consults his Uncle Leon (Rip Torn) seeking his advice about how to avoid losing half to his wife. He tells his nephew the best way around the problem is a "switcheroo". Give him the winning ticket for his uncle to collect the money which he will collect & later hand back over to Freddy without his wife knowing. Uncle Leon owns a jewellery business which is in serious financial difficulty & he has already decided he will keep the money & murder his nephew. This is a very good late Columbo episode & Rip Torn is an absolute hoot as the scheming, conniving Uncle Leon.

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