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 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

Kate Reid, who plays Mrs. Walters, Helen Stewart's mother, was only 6 years older than Suzanne Pleshette (Helen Stewart). See more »

Goofs

When Helen says "Now that is the simple truth," Columbo takes his hand off the llama's rump and folds his arms, but when the scene cuts to Columbo alone, his hand is back on the rump. Cutting back and forth, Columbo's hand remains on the rump in his shots while his arms are folded in Helen's 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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Not great, but has its interest points
27 June 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a fan of Columbo, I did sort of like this episode but it was also disappointing as well. I do have to agree that the witness was much more interesting and likable than the murderer, and that is probably the first time I felt that since watching Columbo. The pacing is also rather slow and the story is a little uneven, while it is compelling in spots due to the pacing some of it is a little dull as well. The script has its moments, like with Columbo and Albert's character, but it lacks the sophistication and humour that makes other episodes enjoyable. However, it is striking to look at, the direction is good and the score is very nice. Peter Falk is exceptional as usual, while Suzanne Pleshette gives a wholly sympathetic performance and Kate Reid is good too. Only Eddie Albert disappoints, his performance I never quite warmed to, but I think the way the character was written and the fact the murderer isn't as interesting has a lot to do with it. So overall, it is good but it isn't great. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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