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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)
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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Affectionate, amiable detective offering See more (15 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Al McGuire .... boom operator (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
William Read Woodfield .... executive story consultant
Joshua Silverman .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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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?

The champagne that George Brower stocks his refrigerator with is the exact same brand that the murderer from the previous episode, "Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star," stocked his refrigerators with.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 »
Nancy Brower:I hate you as much as your wife's going to hate you, that's how much I hate you!See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Affectionate, amiable detective offering, 19 October 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

A nice cosy little mystery for Columbo and one of the better revamped TV movies I've watched. So far, this one seems closest to the spirit of the '70s originals, with a rather complicated murder scene and lots of clues for the detective to pick up on. No twists with the formula here, just straightforward detective work.

The delightfully rascally Rip Torn stars as an unscrupulous fellow who takes immediate action when his nephew wins thirty million dollars on the lottery. Due to the guy's soon-to-be ex wife's entitlement to half the sum, he convinces his nephew that he himself will cash in the cheque and pretend to be the winner, and pass on the cash further down the line. Inevitably he bumps his nephew off instead, making it look like an accident, which is where Columbo comes in.

Torn makes for a fine guest star villain. He doesn't really have any big or shouty moments with the crumpled gumshoe, but he exudes an air of quiet menace which works well. Falk acquits himself well with the material and has quite a few comic scenes in the midsection which work well in a gently humorous way. Betsy Palmer (FRIDAY THE 13TH) shows up playing Torn's wife, and there are enough twists and turns along the way to keep viewers enthused. Watch out for the chimp!

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