Columbo (1971–2003)
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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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Victoria Chase
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Gerald 'Gerry' Winters
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Louis 'Lou' Cates
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Station Manager
Mark Lonow ...
Theodore 'Ted' Malloy
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Deirdre 'DeeDee' Ross
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Deirdre's Agent
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Senator Gordon Madison
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Marian Burke
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Officer Davis
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Martha (as Denice Kumagi)
D.V. Caitlyn ...
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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 <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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10 January 1994 (USA)  »

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The depicted home of Fielding Chase was owned by actress Linda Thompson. It was sold in 2005 for $22 million. See more »

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As Columbo is talking to Ted Malloy at the TV studio, during a head-on shot of Malloy he picks up a bottle of water and holds it up by his chest as he unscrews the cap. The camera angle changes to the rear of Malloy and we can see his reflection in the mirror and both his arms are down by his side with no water bottle. Another camera angle change to a head-on shot of Malloy and his arms are again up by his chest with the water bottle. See more »

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Fielding Chase: And now. Can we get to the point? If there is one.
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An ego-maniacal talk show host meets his match in Columbo
2 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

It's amazing how viewers can see something different. Though I agree with the other commentator about Shatner's 'stache taking on a life of its own, I disagree with the comments about the actor's acting. While the two-hour movie format is not as "tight" as the ninety-minute episodes, "Butterfly in Shades of Gray" is entertaining until the end.

Some of the highlights include the murder, the exchange between Falk's Columbo and Shatner's "Fielding Chase" in the restaurant, the argument between Shatner and his daughter, as well as the on-air revelation about a wayward senator.

Dick DeBenedictus's score enlivens the story with the appropriate blend of mystery and suspense.


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