Columbo (1971–2003)
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Murder in Malibu 

A successful writer of romance novels who is involved with a young, ambitious womanizer, is found shot to death in her Malibu home.


Walter Grauman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Andrew Stevens ... Wayne Jennings
Brenda Vaccaro ... Jess McCurdy
Floyd Levine ... Lieutenant Schultz
Laurie Walters ... Helen Ashcroft
Sondra Currie ... Mrs. Rocca
Janet Margolin ... Theresa Goren
Tom Dreesen ... TV Host
Charles Walker ... Truck Driver
Ben Slack Ben Slack ... Doctor
Yolanda Lloyd Yolanda Lloyd ... Rosa
Efrain Figueroa ... McGee
Mary Margaret Lewis Mary Margaret Lewis ... Mavis
Robin Gordon Robin Gordon ... Shorts
Bill Zuckert ... Father


Romance author Theresa Goren has finally been convinced of the truth: her lover, gigolo Wayne Jennings, loves her money, not her. That means their planned wedding is off, not to mention any hope Jennings has of getting his hands on her money. When Goren turns up dead, Jennings is suspected, but is apparently cleared by later evidence. But Lt. Columbo watches as Jennings turns his eye to Goren's sister, and begins wondering if he's really so innocent after all. Written by Leaper

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Release Date:

14 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meurtre en deux temps See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One year before this episode came out, Brenda Vaccaro and Peter Falk were in a movie together; it was called Cookie (1989). See more »


When the answering machine message is played for Columbo, the machine's clock says 6:30 AM, the time the message was recorded. The machine should have reflected the current time, not the time that a message was recorded. See more »


Lieutenant Columbo: Let 'im go. No law against shooting a dead body.
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I Was Going to Disagree, But On Second Thought, I'll Agree
16 May 2007 | by preacha93See all my reviews

First of all, the reason I'm giving this film 2 stars instead of 1 is because at least Peter Falk gave his usual fantastic performance as Lieutenant Columbo. He alone can get 10 stars for trying to save this otherwise utterly worthless attempt at making a movie.

I was initially all fired up at reading one poster's comment that Andrew Stevens in this movie gave "the performance of his career." To me, it was the abysmal performance by Stevens that absolutely ruined this movie, and so I was all prepared to hurl all sorts of insults at the person who made the aforementioned comment. Then I thought to myself, what else has Stevens done? So I checked and, you know, that person was absolutely right. In the 17 years since this Columbo movie was made, apparently every one of the 33 projects that Stevens has been in since then has been utter crap, so it is doubtful that anybody has even seen the rest of his career.

If you like Columbo, see every other of the 69 titles before watching this one. Do yourself a favor and save the worst for last.

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