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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 »
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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)
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
 

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

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Runtime:
Germany:92 min | USA:120 min (including commercials) | USA:98 min
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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:
Revealing mistakes: When Leon breaks the watch, he waits for the second hand to stop. This was clearly achieved by freeze-framing, rather than the watch actually stopping.See more »
Quotes:
Columbo:[about the things the chimpanzee touched] What do these things have in common? They're all shiny, and they're all metal, just like this medallion.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Uncle Leon has ideas of his own..., 27 June 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

For me, Death Hits the Jackpot is one of the better later Columbo episodes. It starts off a little slow perhaps, but it picks up significantly and doesn't have any more problems as far as I am aware. The story is interesting and well-structured, and the script has a lot of nice humorous touches between Lamarr and Columbo which was a delight to see, in fact I liked this episode especially for its less-serious yet somewhat light-hearted tone. The direction is as solid as rocks, and there are several good scenes, any scene between Lamarr and Columbo is winning, but the murder scene is quite intense, the denouncement is clever and the party itself was a nice touch for those sumptuous costumes. The music is great once again, and the acting is too. Peter Falk is exceptional as always, and Rip Torn is simply brilliant and seems to be relishing a very interesting character. Overall, delightful and one of the better later episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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