Nelson Brenner, a top CIA operative, is really a double agent who finds it necessary to rid himself of a fellow spy and make it look like a mugging. Brenner inadvertently leaves tiny clues in a photo shop at a carnival, on Henderson's corpse at the beach, in a tape recording he makes while in his Agency-approved identity as a speech-writing consultant - the kind of clues that no one would ever pick up on. No one, that is, except the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo. The indefatigable detective will find himself followed by mysterious agents, visited by the top man himself and entertained with a recording of "Madame Butterfly" in Brenner's own mansion before solving this difficult case.
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Columbo confirms his dog (who has taken up swimming in the mornings) is called Dog. See more
when McGoohan's character is recording the speech which will be delivered later, and this is when he is trying to establish his whereabouts for his alibi, he has turned the clock to coordinate the time and he starts to speak and then gets up to close the blinds, which is the clue for Columbo, but as he is speaking there is no chiming of the clock, however, when it is played back you can hear the chiming, oops... See more
Uh, just between us, sir...
...somebody's following me.
Now who would be following a cop?
Well, that's what I'm trying to figure out. Can't be the collection company. The car's paid for.
References Secret Agent X-9
Un bel di vedremo
from Madama Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Heard over the End Credits See more