Columbo (1971–2003)
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Last Salute to the Commodore 

Charlie Clay runs the ship building business of his father-in-law, Commodore Swanson, who turns up murdered; Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Director:

Patrick McGoohan

Writers:

Jackson Gillis, Richard Levinson (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Robert Vaughn ... Charles 'Charlie' Clay
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Kittering, Esq.
John Dehner ... Commodore Otis Swanson
Dennis Dugan ... Sergeant Theodore "Mac" Albinsky
Diane Baker ... Joanna Clay
Bruce Kirby ... Sergeant George Kramer
Joshua Bryant ... Wayne Taylor
Susan Foster Susan Foster ... Lisa King
Fred Draper ... Swanny Swanson
Rod McCary ... Coast Guard Officer
John Finnegan ... Guard (as J. P. Finnegan)
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Shop Foreman
Hanna Landy ... Woman (as Hanna Hertelendy)
Jerry Crews Jerry Crews ... Watchman
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Storyline

Charlie Clay runs a ship-building business owned by his father-in-law, Commodore Otis Swanson, who is not happy with his profiteering son-in-law's shady dealings. Nor is he pleased with any of the people closest to him, including his alcoholic daughter Joanna Clay, his elderly nephew Swanny Swanson or his lawyer Kittering. Soon the Commodore is murdered, and Charlie Clay covers it up by impersonating the Commodore, taking the corpse out on the man's yawl at night and throwing the body overboard. Lt. Columbo investigates this case with the help of a veteran sergeant and a 29-year-old novice. The rumpled, redoubtable detective knows Clay covered up the crime, but his assumption that Clay committed the crime may prove premature. Written by J. Spurlin

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der alte Mann und der Tod See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The dialogue between Sgt. Kramer and Lt. Columbo over smoking (Kramer: "Thought you were gonna quit;" Columbo: "Not yet. No, not yet, Sergeant. Not yet") as Columbo figuratively rides off into the sunset (actually, rowing himself away toward a yacht club), is almost certainly a clever response directly aimed toward intense fan curiosity at the end of season five over Peter Falk returning to play Columbo in subsequent years. See more »

Goofs

Otis Swanson, a wealthy boat designer, created a beautiful yacht which he planned to name after his beloved young bride (Lisa S.). Rather than hire a professional sign-writer to emblazon her name in gorgeous script and gold leaf, he instead planned to add her name using crude, cardboard crate stencils. See more »

Quotes

Columbo: Commodore's watch.
Kittering, Esq.: Big deal.
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Connections

Featured in Big Daddy (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
, lyrics by Philip Bliss is sung by man running a boat.
First verse
Brightly beams our Father's mercy
From His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.
Refrain:
Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.
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The Strangest of the Columbo Episodes
1 January 2018 | by jonmac-22564See all my reviews

Because of all the reasons lamented in this thread I find it to be quite entertaining! One of my favorites!!


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