Columbo (1971–2003)
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Ashes to Ashes 

After a much maligned Hollywood gossip columnist is murdered by her former lover, Columbo tries to find a way to prove he was responsible for the crime.

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Verity Chandler
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Sergeant Degarmo
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Roger Gambles
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Fred
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Mrs. Lerby
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Hollywood gossip reporter, Verity Chandler is planning her next expose. Which is to reveal how famed mortician, Eric Prince built his empire. When she reveals to Prince her plans he kills her. He then places her in the casket of a man scheduled to be cremated. And cremates her. He then goes to her house and changes the story she was working on to make it seem someone else wanted to get her. When no one hears from her, the police are called in and Lt. Columbo is on the job. Eentually he learns that she went to a funeral at Prince's and talks to him. And he finds his behavior odd. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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8 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Final live action TV acting role of Patrick McGoohan. See more »

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After Verity is struck with the first blow, we see her lying face up on the tiled floor. Mr. Prince then strikes her again with a mighty blow that would inevitably have had to move the body at least minimally. Yet the next shot of Verity is precisely the one we just saw, with the body positioned in the identical spot on the floor tiles and the angles of her body and head not having moved a millimeter. See more »

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Columbo: It's a funny business, isn't it, being a mortician?
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A charming episode of one of America's best detective programs!
18 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Columbo's star Peter Falk loves this character. He always takes him out of the closet in a manner of speaking. Peter Falk would be knighted if he was a British actor but since he is an American actor and icon, we'll take him the way he is. I remember watching this episode with Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan as the gossip columnist Verity Chandler. Of course, Patrick McGoohan has often been associated with Columbo whether he is directing, writing or starring. There is something addictive about Columbo. He doesn't dumb down the role or the characters. He learns just as well as we do. He is quite the detective. He always gets his man or woman and I just adore Columbo. He is always worth watching. He mixes humor and seriousness with the most serious crime of murder. His job might be murder but it sure is fun watching him get the man or woman to be caught. Even then, you kind of feel sorry for the criminal for his actions. It' the Columbo touch that you pity the criminal and love the detective.


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