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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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Casino Manager
G.F. Smith ...
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Carol Swarbrick ...
Casino Waitress
Ed McCready ...
Ed
John Petlock ...
Medical Examiner
Joel Beeson ...
Clyde
Kay Perry ...
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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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The morning after Harold places the pipe bomb on the car he is shown lying in bed on his back (from a top down camera angle). The phone rings and the camera angle switches to a side shot and he is now lying on his right side. No time had passed to allow him to switch positions. See more »

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Because Of You
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Music by Dudley Wilkinson
Lyrics by Arthur Hammerstein
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Just one more question maam
17 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Here we go again with the all knowing Columbo is back. This is good fun though not a great Columbo and you do get the impression that Peter Faulk is really playing it by numbers. This being a 1992 episode has not dated particularly well. The basic premise of Columbo investigating the death of the owner of an American football team is not a great one and unusually for Columbo the supporting characters are not too great either. However it is good to see Tyne Daily playing against type as the female lead and one of the main suspects 'Dolores'. As usual our hero in the dirty mac seems to play with all the suspects but does so in an entertaining style. Whilst not great this is fun but not really worth a second viewing.


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