Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Friend in Deed 

A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return.

Director:

Ben Gazzara

Writers:

Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Richard Kiley ... Mark Halperin
Rosemary Murphy ... Margaret Halperin
Michael McGuire ... Hugh Caldwell
Val Avery ... Artie Jessup
Eric Christmas ... Bruno Wexler
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Thelma
John Finnegan ... Lt. Duffy
Arlene Martel ... Salesgirl (as Arlene Martell)
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Doyle
Joshua Bryant ... Dr. MacMurray
John Calvin ... Charlie Shoup
Byron Morrow ... Amos Lawrence
James V. Christy James V. Christy ... Sharkey
Alma Beltran ... Mrs. Fernandez
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Storyline

Hugh Caldwell kills his wife Janice and in despair asks for the help of his friend and neighbor Mark Halperin. Mark helps a friend in deed, of course, so the death appears to be the job of a thief, but Lt. Columbo has some doubts. There is not a single fingerprint of the deceased in her house and he begins to suspect Halperin. Unfortunately for Lt. Columbo, Halperin is the deputy police commissioner. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En toute amitié 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The funeral home featured in the stock shot is not in California. It is the luxurious Ephrussi de Rothschild villa and gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. This location is notably featured in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983). See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) Mark Halperin (Richard Kiley) refers to the murder plot as a "Quid Quo Pro" instead of as a Quid Pro Quo. See more »

Quotes

Columbo: No, sir, we're looking for somebody else. We're looking for somebody... somebody who tried to make a murder look like a burglary.
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Connections

References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral
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#2 all time Columbo
26 January 1999 | by louissSee all my reviews

My #2 all time Columbo favorite. Great premise with Columbo investigating murder of two cops wives in a twist along the line of Strangers On A Train. The scene with Columbo discussing lack of finger prints on first deceased wife's phone with collaborating chief Kiley is a masterpiece. Set up conclusion is also one of the best.


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