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

We hear Columbo being paged over his car's police radio, and for the first and only time, Columbo's call number is revealed: it is "194". See more »

Goofs

In the deputy chief's bedroom (after the murder of his wife) you can twice see a bit of studio ceiling. See more »

Quotes

Columbo: I, uh, I looked at her body, and right away I saw on her finger the biggest diamond ring I ever saw in my life. Now, I gotta ask myself this question: What kind of burglar robs a house and leaves a ring like that on the victim's finger?
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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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One of my absolute favourites of the series
3 April 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love Columbo, I consider it one of the finest series of its kind. There are several gems amongst this series, and A Friend in Deed is one of them. Beautifully filmed and scored with striking locations, A Friend In Deed also benefits from some of the cleverest, wittiest and stylish writing of the series, and one of the series' most consistently absorbing stories. The scenes between Falk and Kiley are brilliantly played and genuinely tense at times. Peter Falk embodies Columbo as ever before, while Richard Kiley is a more than worthy foil, often coming across as intimidating, which I loved. The support cast are good enough with what they have, but it is the leads especially that make this episode work. Overall, a wonderful episode and one of my favourites. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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