Columbo (1971–2003)
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Fade in to Murder 

An egotistical but successful star of a TV detective show murders his blackmailing producer and makes it look like a robbery.


Lou Shaw (teleplay by), Peter S. Feibleman (teleplay by) (as Peter Feibleman) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
William Shatner ... Ward Fowler
Bert Remsen ... Mark
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Sid Daley
Lola Albright ... Clare Daley
Danny Dayton ... Director
Timothy Carey ... Tony (as Timothy Agoglia Carey)
Walter Koenig ... Sgt. Johnson
John Finnegan ... Assistant Director (as J.P. Finnegan)
Victor Izay ... Conroy
Shera Danese ... Molly
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Camera Operator
Frank Baxter Frank Baxter ... Walter Gray (as Frank Emmett Baxter)
Fred Draper ... Joseph


Ward Fowler is an actor of a soap opera and his character is Detective Lucerne. His producer is Claire Daley, once his lover and now his blackmailer. Fowler decides to kill Claire and to do in such a way as to accuse her husband. Lt. Columbo begins to investigate and he is helped by Detective Lucerne who at a certain moment suspects the actor Fowler... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Release Date:

10 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciak... si uccide See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The televised baseball game recorded by the killer is supposed to be that of a fictional Los Angeles baseball team. It is in fact a home game of the Baltimore Orioles played at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Furthermore, the game was being played at the time of the murder at 8:50pm. Although it is possible an east coast baseball game could still be playing at 8:50pm PST in Los Angeles, this game had just started. Night games in Baltimore during the 1970's started at 7:30pm EST which would be 4:30 PST in Los Angeles. See more »


Ward Fowler draws a chalk circle on the back of Columbo's raincoat. Quite a few scenes earlier, we see Columbo with that chalk circle already on his back when beside the "Jaws" pool. See more »


Lieutenant Columbo: Boy, you and I think the same way. It's amazing.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


This Old Man
Traditional English children's counting folk song.
[Sung without words by Columbo (Peter Falk) while walking towards Fowler's dressing room.]
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28 April 2018 | by hipchecker20See all my reviews

Not one of the best, middle of the pack.

Have to wonder why Columbo was called to a delicatessen stick up.

William Shatner will never be on a list of great actors.

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