Columbo (1971–2003)
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A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness.


Jack Smight


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




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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Columbo's lit cigar disappears as he crosses the threshold from General Hollister's bedroom to the living room. See more »


Mrs. Walters: Your pot's overcooking.
Helen Stewart: That is not a pot! It's a crock!
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early Columbo episode is a good one
8 December 2014 | by bcstoneb444See all my reviews

A solid early Columbo effort. Much of the success of any Columbo episode hinges on the chemistry between Columbo and the murderer. Here Peter Falk and Eddie Albert rate high marks. Albert is if anything a little too controlled and smug. Not unrealistic for a general who is accustomed to getting his way. And sometimes he dangles clues in front of the detective as if trying to get caught. The banter between Kate Reid and Suzanne Pleshette is also quite good. BTW Suzanne looks ultra fetching in those mod clothes she wears. A cameo by semi-regular Timothy Carey adds to the fun. I agree with the consensus that the ending is a little too pat and abrupt, but a minor quibble.

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Release Date:

27 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color | Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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