Columbo (1971–2003)
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Strange Bedfellows 

When Graham McVeigh kills his brother and frames a mob bookie for the crime, then kills the bookie and claims self-defense, he finds himself facing trouble from both Columbo and the bookie's superior in the mob.

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Graham McVeigh
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Teddy McVeigh
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Bruno Romano
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Lorraine Buchinsky
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Sgt. Phil Brindle
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Rudy
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Randall Thurston
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Gwen
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Vincenzo Fortelli
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Pat O'Connor
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Lt. Albert Schiffer
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Pawnbroker
Karen Mayo-Chandler ...
Tiffany Keene
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Graham McVeigh has had it with his ne'er-do-well brother Teddy who is a degenerate gambler and is in serious debt to his bookie Bruno Romano. He develops an elaborate plan to eliminate both of them by first having Teddy suffer a large loss at the track - Graham drugs his own horse, a sure winner, so it loses - and then framing Bruno for his Teddy's murder. He then arranges for Bruno to come to his house, ostensibly to collect Teddy's losses. He then kills Bruno and claims self defense. Lt. Colombo begins to find a number of anomalies that he simply cannot explained including mice in a restaurant bathroom. He's pretty certain Graham is responsible for both murders but he will need some assistance in order to get a confession out of him. Written by garykmcd

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Columbo complains about the 'clams' he ate the evening before - and is offered 'vongele' by Rod Steiger. This is a direct reference to Rod Steiger's comments in "W C Fields & Me". He always blames 'bad clams' for leaving any production featuring Charlie Chaplin. See more »

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Despite the fact that Teddy McVeigh was sitting in his car when he was shot, there is absolutely no blood anywhere on him or in the car. See more »

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Lieutenant Columbo: Oh sir, just one more thing.
Graham McVeigh: No, Lieutenant, there is no "just one more thing." Goodbye!
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Followed by Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997) See more »

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This Old Man
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Awful performances by Wendt and Yaeger
23 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

They went to the bottom of the alphabet to get two bottom-of-the-barrel performances. But Yaeger is merely ineffectual. Wendt is spectacularly bad. And the pity is that the interest the viewer could have in the episode lies entirely in how well he pulls off his murder scheme. His character is supposed to be the smart and responsible brother but he cannot get past the boorishness of Normie to give us anything. As a result, this is the worst Columbo movie I have ever seen.


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