Columbo (1971–2003)
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By Dawn's Early Light 

The commandant of a military academy murders the chairman of the board, who wants to oust him. Lt. Columbo takes up residence in the barracks to expose the killer.

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Howard Berk, Richard Levinson (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Patrick McGoohan ... Col. Lyle C. Rumford
Burr DeBenning ... Capt. Loomis
Madeleine Sherwood ... Miss Brady (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
Tom Simcox ... William Haynes
Mark Wheeler ... Cadet Roy Springer
Bruce Kirby ... Sergeant George Kramer (as Bruce Kirby Sr.)
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Officer Corso
Robert Clotworthy ... Boodle Boy / Jonathan B. Miller
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Susan Gerard
Bruno Kirby ... Cadet Morgan (as B. Kirby Jr.)
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Storyline

Colonel Lyle C. Rumford, the proud Commandant of a military academy, is incensed that William Haynes, the owner of the property, wants to turn it into a co-ed college. So, Rumford plots to kill Haynes with a back-firing cannon that Haynes is due to fire in a ceremony. Rumford arranges for the cannon to explode by blocking its discharge with a cleaning rag and thereby making the explosion seem an unfortunate accident caused by a clumsy attendant. Los Angeles Police Department's Lieutenant Columbo comes to the academy to investigate Haynes' death and instantly suspects that Rumford had something to do with the explosion, which Columbo believes was not accidental. Columbo unrelentingly seeks to prove that Rumford had motive and opportunity to rig the cannon. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle prime luci dell'alba See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Kirby (Sergeant George Kramer) is the real life father of Bruno Kirby (Cadet Morgan). See more »

Goofs

When Columbo cannot sleep in the barracks and has to make a telephone call, he gets out of bed barefoot. As he starts to walk, we hear the sound of shoes on the floor. He wears laced shoes, so he couldn't have simply slipped into them as he rose. See more »

Quotes

Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Beware of an excess of compassion, Lieutenant.
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Arranged by Daniel Butterfield
Played by unseen bugler
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Excellent mystery with good logical conclusion
29 December 1999 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

Another fine Columbo episode, as the detective investigates a murder at a military academy. Patrick McGoohan plays Col. Rumford, the academy commander, in one of his best Columbo performances. He is always good at roles like this one, playing characters who are extremely controlled and keep their inner lives veiled. His use of psychology to lure his victim to his death and to set up an obnoxious cadet to take the fall is beautifully matched by Columbo's parallel study of psychology as he starts to unravel the plot. The conclusion of the mystery is particularly satisfying, as it depends not upon tricking an admission from the murderer, but from linking together his own statements and trapping him in his own words. McGoohan is great in the last scene, accepting his defeat without flinching.


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