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Butterfly in Shades of Grey 

L.A. radio moderator Chase kills Jerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in New York... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Chase
Gerald 'Gerry' Winters
Louis 'Lou' Cates
Station Manager
Mark Lonow ...
Theodore 'Ted' Malloy
Deirdre 'DeeDee' Ross
Deirdre's Agent
Robin Clarke ...
Senator Gordon Madison
Christopher Templeton ...
Marian Burke
John C. Anders ...
Officer Davis
Martha (as Denice Kumagi)
D.V. Caitlyn ...
Second Biker (as Deryl Caitlyn)


L.A. radio moderator Chase kills Jerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in New York. Chase presents a fine alibi: Winters was shot dead while speaking to him on the phone, even the shooting was recorded on his answering machine. Everything seems perfect, but will Lt. Columbo really believe this story? Written by Otto Oberhauser <>

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10 January 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


About 8 minutes into this episode Mr Shatner's character is wearing a red tie. This appears to be the tie that Faye Dunaway bought for Lieutenant Columbo in the previous episode. See more »


Radio commentator Fielding Chase wears a pencil-thin mustache, so wispy and light that it's barely visible even in most close-ups, except while he is talking to Columbo at the murder scene, when the mustache is suddenly, dramatically darker brown. Part of his disguise at the murder scene? Not likely, since the mustache was lighter during the murder itself, and is already back to its light and thin appearance when Fielding brings Columbo into his home afterward. See more »


Soap Opera Director: Okay... homeless people, go home!
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Followed by Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997) See more »

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Shatner's tash
11 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Certainly not the greatest Colombo of all time, although Falk's acting is faultless as usual. Here we not only see Shatner at his worst and least prepared, we also witness the ineptitude of the continuity staff and make up department. Shatner's moustache seems to take on a new shape and colour of its own in each different scene ranging from one end of the colour spectrum right through to infra-red. His chemeleonic tash and poor acting is only mildly saved by Falk's supreme acting ability who almost seems to drag Shatner by the moustache through the duration of this movie. Wonderfully this movie uses the experimental pickles which we observe Falk using for the first time in the famous 'Breadstick' scene; vinegared goods which were to be become a trademark thereafter. Overall this film serves to demonstrate the ever widening chasm which exists between the acting styles of the two lead men: one being astounding, with colossal screen presence (particularly in the 'cop in a soap' scene), whilst the other dull, moribund and fledgling.

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