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A Trace of Murder 

A beautiful wife and her forensic expert boyfriend try to frame her very rich husband for murder.

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Patrick Kinsley
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A millionaire's being threatened with a lawsuit by a man he did business with. When he gets into a fight with the man, his trophy wife is more embarrassed than concerned about her husband. Now she can't divorce her husband because of a pre-nuptial agreement. And if she kills him, she would be the prime suspect. So she along with her lover decides to kill the man who is suing her husband and frame her husband. Which they do. When Columbo investigates the murder, one of the forensic people helping him is the woman's lover. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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15 May 1997 (USA)  »

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When soliciting his help questioning the accomplice, Columbo says to Pat, the murder, "Three eyes are better than one." This is an inside joke reference to the fact that actor Peter Falk has a prosthetic eye whereas the character, Columbo, does not. See more »

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When Columbo asks the female conspirator if she wants to talk to the DA, he indicates that the DA is a woman, saying that "she" is in the judge's chambers and that if "she" isn't, those in the judge's chamber would know where to find "her". A few minutes later, though, the police officer accompanying the woman to whom Columbo had said this yells across the street to Columbo that she had contacted the DA and that "he" was available and that they were going up to see "him". See more »

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Lt. Columbo: That'll be good, you and me together, Pat. Three eyes are better than one.
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Follows Columbo: It's All in the Game (1993) See more »

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The good, the bad and the ugly
17 November 2004 | by (Honolulu, HI) – See all my reviews

Overall this is a pretty good Columbo, in my opinion, though it does have some glaring weaknesses.

Barry Corbin is very good as the loud husband who gets framed by Shera Danese. Danese turns in her usual performance; she's lovely and interesting but seems to play essentially the same character in every episode.

The criminologist "bad guy" does a pretty sloppy job for a supposed expert -- that may be the biggest plot weakness; it's hard to believe he was that dumb. A long way from CSI.

The other weakness is the ending - the twist is good enough, I suppose, but the scene in which he reveals it is contrived and overplayed.

All in all, a good story. If they'd redone the ending and let the villain be a little more clever it would have been a great one. As it is, it's just good.

-B-


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