Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Cries Wolf 

When Dian Hunter, the publisher of the men's magazine "Bachelor's World", wants to sell her stock to a media tycoon, her adulterous partner Sean Brantley objects. Soon afterwards, Miss Hunter apparently disappears on a London-bound flight.


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Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Ian Buchanan ... Sean Brantley
Rebecca Staab ... Tina
Alan Scarfe ... Sir Harry Matthews
Mark Margolis ... Cosner
John Finnegan ... Police Chief
David Huddleston ... The Mayor
Deidre Hall ... Dian Hunter
Jeanne Wolf ... Herself
Gigi Rice ... Dian's Secretary
Ralph Wilcox Ralph Wilcox ... Chef
Peter Zapp ... Mayor's Aide
Morgan Jones ... Wilson
Darrell Kunitomi Darrell Kunitomi ... Factotum
Daphne Cheung Daphne Cheung ... Next Nymph of the Month


What happened to businesswoman Diane Hunter? Everyone thinks she went on a trip to England to sell her majority share of men's magazine Bachelor's World, but she never showed up to her meeting. Lieutenant Columbo is sure that her business partner and ex-lover, photographer Sean Brantley, killed her to keep her from selling. But proving it is another thing entirely, and Sean has a few surprises for everyone's favorite homicide cop... Written by Leaper

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Release Date:

20 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where the Mayor and Columbo, et al, hide in a bathroom to evade reporters, a man steps out of a stall, interrupting the mayor, and steps through the group on the way out. The man is James Garner's older brother, Jack. See more »


When Colombo is recapping how the murder occurred with Sean Brantley, he relates how Cosner (limo driver) went into the kitchen the first time. However, Cosner is shown going into the kitchen the second time (after he came out to investigate the shot). See more »


Lt. Columbo: You put me in the position of the little boy who cried wolf.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Mystery Movie Theme
by Mike Post
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The Set-Up
4 March 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Ian Buchanan stars as a smug, self-satisfied man named Sean Brantley who is co-owner of a successful men's magazine called "Bachelor's World", with him as the chief bachelor, though his partner Dian Hunter(played by Deidre Hall) owns majority stock, and wants to sell out to a wealthy British businessman who will shut Sean down, so an elaborate scheme is devised that makes it look like Dian was murdered and replaced before she arrives at the airport on her flight to London. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) is asked in on the case by old friend Chief Superintendent Durk(from earlier episode 'Dagger Of The Mind') and is convinced it's murder, but after the vast estate is turned upside down looking for her corpse, Brantley benefits from all the free publicity it provides, which of course is no accident... Outstanding episode is the best of the revived series, and a highlight of the entire series, with an ingenious, lively script that inverses the traditional formula on its head most effectively, leading to a perfect "Gotcha" ending. A delight from start to finish.

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