Columbo (1971–2003)
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Death Lends a Hand 

Columbo matches is skills against Brimmer, a former cop turned private investigator with a quick temper who tries to blackmail a client's wife, when she refuses he accidentally kills her and it's up to Columbo to nail him.

Director:

Bernard L. Kowalski (as Bernard Kowalski)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Robert Culp ... Investigator Brimmer
Pat Crowley ... Mrs. Lenore Kennicutt (as Patricia Crowley)
Ray Milland ... Arthur Kennicutt
Brett Halsey ... Ken Archer
Eric James Eric James ... R.J. Denning
Don Keefer ... Medical Examiner
Len Wayland ... Capt. Of Detectives
Lieux Dressler ... Ceil Gentry
Barbara Baldavin Barbara Baldavin ... Brimmer's Secretary
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Storyline

A private detective kills the wife of one of his most important clients when she refuses to take part in his blackmail scheme and even plans to expose his unsavoury methods to her husband. In an ironic twist, the PA is rehired by his client to assist Columbo in the investigation.

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

"Colombo: Una trappola di Colombo" (1971) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In "Death Lends a Hand," Ray Milland is cast in a sympathetic role. A year later in "The Greenhouse Jungle," he would play the killer. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, Brimmer is shown driving his black Cadillac Eldorado at night with the body of Lenore Kennicutt in the trunk. For 3 seconds, a shot Lee Grant from "Ransom for a Dead Man" driving a green Lincoln Continental is shown. Then the film cuts back to Brimmer. See more »

Quotes

Columbo: Yeah, I would say that we have a left-handed murderer and, uh... and an unpremeditated crime.
Investigator Brimmer: We have?
Columbo: Oh, I think so, yes. I mean, I don't think a man kills with his hands unless he's angry. As a matter of fact, you know, maybe he didn't mean to do it. Could be. You know, maybe it was an accident. You know, I got a feeling that when we find our friend, it's gonna turn out that he has a terrible temper.
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Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Dead (2002) See more »

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Good Number Two
30 May 2014 | by arfdawg-1See all my reviews

The second episode of the first season is a good show, that is a bit mired down by a few flimsy ways Colombo gets his information.

Not as good as some episodes, but still a winner.

The Plot.

Brimmer, a short-tempered private detective, is hired by Arthur Kennicut, a prominent Los Angeles publisher, to investigate the publisher's wife's activities under suspicion of an extra-marital affair.

Although his investigation discovers an affair with a golf instructor, Brimmer chooses not to tell Kennicut about it and proposes Mrs. Kennicut to act, in return for Brimmer's silence, as a "pipeline" for information involving powerful persons with whom her husband is involved.

When Mrs. Kennicut refuses to cooperate and threatens to tell her husband about Brimmer's unsavory proposal, Brimmer becomes enraged and accidentally kills her.

He then transports her body across Los Angeles and dumps it in an industrial area, hoping her death will look like a robbery gone awry.

Enter Lieutenant Columbo, the cigar-smoking detective in a rumpled raincoat, who does not accept the murder-by-mugging theory surrounding the woman's death.


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