Lt Columbo investigates men and women who are being killed over pieces of a photo they have, that shows where 4 million dollars in stolen money is hidden.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Irving Krutch
Mo Weinberg
Geraldine Ferguson
Bramley Kahn
Suzie Endicott (as Kristin Bauer)
Detective McKittrick
Zeke Rivers
Dorothea McNally
Penny Santon ...
Sheila Byrnes
Nurse Hilda


Cigar-chomping Lieutenant Columbo's investigation into the odd death of two men flings him headlong into a mystery revolving around the long-lost loot from an unsolved bank heist. Insurance investigator Irving Krutch asks for Columbo's assistance in tracking down the pieces of a photograph that will reveal the location of the hidden millions. To do so, Columbo must go undercover in various guises to obtain the pieces from the various people who now possess them. But in the course of the investigation, more than one of these people will be murdered, and Columbo can't shake the feeling that Krutch is somehow responsible for the entire bloody business... Written by Leaper

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2 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Evan Hunter (as Ed McBain) has 'story' credit. This episode is, in fact, based on his 87th Precinct novel, 'Jigsaw'. See more »


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Ed McBain fans take note:
23 February 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

When you watch this movie, you will immediately notice that it does not follow the standard "Columbo" formula in which you know who the murderer is right from the start. Instead, we get a genuine mystery. That's because this movie is based on Ed McBain's novel "Jigsaw", originally published in 1970. This was one of his 87th Precinct mysteries, which did not originally feature Columbo.

Columbo is substituted for several different characters from the book, alternating from scene-to-scene. Sometimes he's the book's Detective Carella, other times he takes over for Detective Brown, who also appears in the movie. As confusing as this may sound, the movie is actually a very faithful adaptation of the book - even the pieces of the photo are identical to the illustrations in the book.

BTW, this isn't the only recent Columbo movie to be based on an Ed McBain novel -- "Columbo: No Time To Die" is an adaptation of the novel "So Long As You Both Shall Live".

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