Nelson Hayward is running for the senate as a man tough on crime. His dictatorial campaign manager, Harry Stone, orders the candidate dump his mistress, backing up his demand with threats to expose the politician's shady past. Stone little guesses that his own publicity-minded lie about anonymous killers threatening the politician's life will lead Hayward to murder him and blame it on the invented assailants. Hayward sets up a tricky alibi for himself around a surprise birthday party for his wife. No one suspects the clever deception except that annoyingly observant Italian-American cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo.
J. Spurlin / revised by statmanjeff
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French title : "Candidat au crime". See more
The plastic cover on the coat, which has been delivered to the senator's campaign office, changes position between shots. Columbo changes position as well, whilst looking at the coat. See more
[Campaign manager Harry Stone insists that Congressional candidate Nelson Hayward leave his mistress
Harry, I need her!
You don't need anybody but me! You can get rid of anybody but me, because I know where the bodies are buried, Nels. I buried 'em for you!
Referenced in Columbo: Publish or Perish
La Dona e Mobile
(from the opera "Rigoletto")
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi See more