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A Bird in the Hand... 

Harold likes to gamble, but as a rule he loses and he is heavily in debt. His uncle is the famous Big Fred who is the owner of a football team and he is a millionaire. But Harold can't get ... See full summary »

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Dolores
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Harold McCain
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Lt. Robertson (as Frank Mc Rae)
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Bertie
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Fernando (as Leon Singer)
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Mr. Hacker
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Big Fred
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Ed McCready ...
Ed
John Petlock ...
Medical Examiner
Joel Beeson ...
Clyde
Kay Perry ...
Honey
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Harold likes to gamble, but as a rule he loses and he is heavily in debt. His uncle is the famous Big Fred who is the owner of a football team and he is a millionaire. But Harold can't get a dime from him. So Harold decides to kill his uncle by a pipe bomb under his car. He is not surprised when he is told Big Fred is dead. He is surprised however that the death is due to a road accident. He rushes to his uncle's house and he finds Lt. Columbo getting excited about the car with the bomb... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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22 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Repeated "stock footage": The film of two police cars racing to the scene of the second murder in "A Bird In The Hand", swerving around the corner by the liquor store is the same film seen in Columbo: No Time to Die (1992), as police rush to rescue Melissa. These two episodes were originally broadcast during the same year, one after the other. See more »

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When Columbo shows Dolores the video playback of the Rolls Royce exploding, a crew member can be clearly seen in front of the car kicking a piece of bodywork (presumably a wing or bonnet section) across the shot. See more »

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Rags To Riches
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Written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Performed by Tony Bennett
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The Gambler
6 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Greg Evigen stars as Harold McCain, a young gambler who always loses and as a consequence is always in debt, so he decides to kill his fed-up (and wealthy) Uncle Fred(played by Steve Forrest) who owns a Pro Football team. Trouble is, Fred is killed in an apparent road accident, but the bomb he left still goes off, and the accident was anything but. Tyne Daly also stars as Dolores McCain, the widow with an eye for Harold and the desire for the inheritance money. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) isn't sure which of the two is responsible, though the abrupt fate of one of them sure makes up his mind... Meandering episode with two miscast guest stars drag this one down, despite its potential.


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