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"Columbo" Death Hits the Jackpot (1991)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
15 December 1991 (Season 11, Episode 1)
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A bit of a less serious Columbo movie, with a great Rip Torn in it. See more (11 total) »


 (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Germany:92 min | USA:120 min (including commercials) | USA:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2008)

Did You Know?

This is the third episode in which columbo speaks fluent Italian.See more »
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 »
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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A bit of a less serious Columbo movie, with a great Rip Torn in it., 30 October 2008
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

All Columbo movies had a certain amount of relieving comedy in it but this movie can really be seen as a true comedy. It's more comical than other Columbo entries and its made more as a real comedy. It perhaps makes this movie harder to take serious than other Columbo movie entries but it of course also makes it more fun to watch as well. In that regard "Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot" is a good and welcome, slightly different, Columbo movie entry.

It's not like the movie isn't offering any mystery-thriller elements. It of course is still a Columbo movie with all of the right required genre elements in it and it still sticks to the usual successful Columbo movie formula as well. It's not like the movie is offering the best or most original story though. It's like a combination of many other previous Columbo movies in more than just a couple of ways, even more than usually is the case. But just because the movie isn't the most original doesn't mean is not the best one to watch. It's simply too well made for that. It also has some nice twists to it, though not all of them feel very likely.

Not in the least the movie works out so well due to the acting performances. Rip Torn is just great in this. He's of course also part of the reason why this movie feels as such a comical one. He at first sight doesn't seem like the most logical choice to play the murderer in a Columbo movie but he simply truly suits his role very well. There also is some nice interaction between him and Peter Falk, who himself also seemed to be a bit improvising at times, which works out nice.

The movie also has a great ending. Again, it's not really the most likely conclusion and way for Lt. Columbo to solve the murder but it nevertheless is a nice and original one.

A pleasant little Columbo movie entry. Nothing too great or original but perfectly watchable due to its entertainment value.


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