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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Released on French television (TF1) on 18-12-1976 under the title of "COLUMBO. Candidat au crime". See more
Even though he is shot in the chest and head, there is no blood on Harry. See more
So far, sir, we don't have a thing.
Well, that's heartening.
Officially, that is.
Unofficially, we don't have anything either.
Referenced in Columbo: Publish or Perish
La Dona e Mobile
(from the opera "Rigoletto")
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi See more