Columbo (1971–2003)
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Dead Weight 

A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Eddie Albert ... Maj. Gen. Martin J. Hollister
Kate Reid ... Mrs. Walters
Suzanne Pleshette ... Helen Stewart
John Kerr ... Col. Roger Dutton
Val Avery ... Harry Barnes
Timothy Carey ... Bert
Clete Roberts ... TV Newsman
Ron Castro Ron Castro ... Officer Sanchez
Glen Vernon ... 1st Officer
Jim Pelham Jim Pelham ... 2nd Officer (as Jimmy Pelham)
Jim Halferty Jim Halferty ... 1st Marine Cadet
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Storyline

While on a sailing-boat, Helen Stewart witnesses far-away, inside a room, a man with a gun killing another. She notifies the fact to the Police and Lt. Columbo begins to investigate. The man is the famous General Martin Hollister, a war hero. Lt. Columbo searches his house and afterwards he is very doubtful about Helen's statement. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuollut paino See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Falk was set to sit out this episode, saying he was sick. The studio threatened to sue Falk. He then returned to the set. See more »

Goofs

When the general is testing the engines on his yacht, the wake of the camera boat can be seen in foreground of the long shots. See more »

Quotes

TV Newsman: Early on in the Korean War, as a colonel commanding a regiment of armored cavalry, Hollister captured the imagination of the American people.
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5 January 2005 | by Dphilly521See all my reviews

The cool demeanor of Eddie Albert's Martin J. Hollister and his enjoyable interplay with Columbo makes "Dead Weight" a pleasure to watch multiple times. This is one of Columbo's toughest cases because Hollister has convincingly succeeded in swaying unstable Helen Stewart from what she originally thought she had witnessed. Excellent plot, excellent directing. The music score adds to this first season episode's likability. The final clue, additionally, is rather unique. It points to the villain's tragic flaw, which is exciting to discover and shows that Hollister is yet more complex with more compassion inside than we realized.


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