With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Poirot is enlisted by Japp to help solve a mystery that took place on Bonfire Night in a mews flat. A Mrs. Allen was found shot, apparently a suicide, but she was holding the gun that killed her in the wrong hand, and foul play is suspected. Furthermore, the ash-tray in the room contained the stubs of Turkish cigarettes smoked by one Major Eustace, a disreputable acquaintance.The victim was engaged to be married and seemingly had no cause to take her own life. Did she? Or was it murder in the mews? Written by
Right before the camera moves away from the blonde murder victim for the last time, her fingers are twitching. See more »
Hastings, my friend, tell me: to blow up the English Parliament, was it a sin or a noble deed?
Oh, it's no good asking me, old son. I was never much of a one for politics. Where's Mrs Japp tonight, then?
Chief Inspector Japp:
She can't abide fireworks.
Ah, the noise disturbs the delicate sensibilities of many ladies.
Chief Inspector Japp:
Maybe, maybe. I think it's more that she doesn't like to see people enjoying themselves.
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Having been a fan of Agatha Christie since I could read adult books I found it lacked a certain something.
The telly movie was entertaining and this was the second one that was made, so i suppose all the characters are not yet got into the swing of things yet. Mind you this was made in 1989 and the series is still going in 2007, so they must have did something right.
I am just watching the TV movies now on DVD. The DVD are the ones that are coming out every two weeks, this one is number 22 in the series.
One of the better ones is "After the Flood", nice juicy plots that center around dysfunctional families, remind me of home, but with the murder.
One of my most favorite Agatha Christie is "Then there was none", not a Poirot mystery, but an ingenious plot never the less. Another one that has never been filmed is "Death comes as an end" set in Ancient Egypt around 2000 bc. Again dysfunctional family bumping members off.
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