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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Mrs. Columbo is said by her husband to love classical music, especially Beethoven and Mozart. Her favorite piece is Puccini's "Madame Butterfly". See more
When Brenner is recording the speech, which will be delivered later - and which is designed to establish his whereabouts for his alibi - he first turns the clock to coordinate the time. Just after starting to speak, he gets up to close the blinds (which will later be the decisive clue for Columbo). As he continues to speak, there is no chiming of the clock; however, when he plays the tape back, you can hear the chiming during the same speech passage. The fact that the closing of the blinds can later be heard on the tape reveals that he did not do a second take of the recording, but that it was still the same he had started with. See more
Colorado is a river.
Geronimo is an Indian.
There is no beach like a long beach, an amusement park.
In two hours.
References Secret Agent X-9
Un bel di vedremo
from Madama Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Heard over the End Credits See more