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

First appearance of Robert Culp in Columbo, out of four. The others are: The Most Crucial Game (1972), Double Exposure (1973), and Columbo Goes to College (1990). He also makes an appearance in the pilot of the series Mrs. Columbo in 1979. See more »

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Mic is visible when Columbo first sees the body. See more »

Quotes

Investigator Brimmer: Lieutenant, you have a marvelously convoluted mind.
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Connections

Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Dead (2002) See more »

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"Death Lends a Hand" (1971)
19 January 2019 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: A private investigator mogul (Robert Culp) accidently murders the winsome wife (Pat Crowley) of a powerful client (Ray Milland) after she refuses his blackmailing scheme.

COMMENTARY: Pat Crowley sure looked good in her tight slacks with her shapely derriere. I like the angle of the killer and Columbo both being investigators, one in the private sector and the other in the public, and teaming up (to a point). There's also a golf instructor subplot. Culp would return for three future episodes.

This one's every bit as good as the previous "Murder by the Book."

GRADE: A-


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