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It's All in the Game 

Lauren Staton and Lisa Martin kill their two-timing lover Nick Franco. Lauren's the one who pulled the trigger and they've made it look like Franco was killed by a burglar in his apartment.... See full summary »

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Lisa Martin
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Nick Franco
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Ruddick
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Doug Sheehan ...
Riley
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Nick's Maid
Tom Henschel ...
Fingerprint Man
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Heath Kizzier ...
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Detective #1 (as Daniel T. Trent)
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Lauren Staton and Lisa Martin kill their two-timing lover Nick Franco. Lauren's the one who pulled the trigger and they've made it look like Franco was killed by a burglar in his apartment. They've prepared well with both having solid alibis. Lt. Colombo is in charge of the case and is very much attracted to the beautiful Lauren. She uses that to her advantage and is soon buying him gifts and giving him the odd kiss. Colombo is flattered but begins to see anomalies in some of the physical evidence. He becomes certain that Laura is involved in Franco's death but realizes he will only be able to make an arrest if he gets a confession. He manages to get that but even he is surprised when learns of her true relationship to Lisa. Written by garykmcd

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31 October 1993 (USA)  »

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The longest Columbo has worked on a case was 9 years and 4 months. See more »

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When Lauren is adjusting Columbo's tie in the department store, his jacket is buttoned all the way up. Lauren then walks away to look at a hat. Columbo turns to follow and his jacket is completely unbuttoned. See more »

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Barney: Can I ask you a question?
Lt. Columbo: No!
Barney: How do you do a thing like that? How do you lock up the lady the way you feel about her?
Lt. Columbo: Who said I felt anything about her?
Barney: You did!
Lt. Columbo: Listen, you believe everything a cop tells you, you're a damn fool.
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Followed by Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003) See more »

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excellent later period Columbo
3 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Faye Dunaway is the guest star of this marvelous Columbo, who seems to be entering into a flirtation with a beautiful socialite. This is a little off the beaten track for our sloppy detective friend as the lady even attempts to spiff him up with a new tie.

The socialite has, with a partner, murdered her gigolo lover and attempted to cover up the true time of the killing, thereby providing an alibi for herself. She's very clever. So, of course, is Columbo. The Dunaway character is depending on Columbo's attraction to her to get away scott-free.

This is a clever script with a marvelous performance by Dunaway, Claudia Christian, and the man himself, Peter Falk.


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