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.


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

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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 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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Release Date:

27 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuollut paino See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Columbo flashes his badge in this episode, his first name, "Frank" can be seen alongside his photo. See more »


The German swastika at the war display is backwards. This was a practice of Hollywood for quite a time in order to cater to sensibilities. See more »


Maj. Gen. Martin Hollister: Just a piece of advice. Find a different spot, or use a different bait, otherwise you're not gonna catch anything, Lieutenant.
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Enjoyable if far-fetched Columbo
14 May 2003 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

The third episode from Columbo's first season, this one casts former Green Acres star Eddie Albert as a Patton like General whose murder of a soldier is witnessed by Suzanne Pleshette, an ordinary citizen whose word is suspect. After all, who would you believe? A highly decorated legend of the military or an anonymous citizen? The mystery is fairly effective, but it's the performances that stand-out. Albert is really quite good as the General, and he manages to add an effective menace to the twinkle in his eye. Pleshette is always good no matter the material, and Falk is first rate.

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