Oscar Finch is a professional lawyer, who uses illegal and underhanded methods to get his clients off, like coercing young men into destroying evidence, like Paul Mackey who worked for the D.A.'s office twenty years ago and whom he bribed into destroying some evidence against a client of his. Today they are joined at the hip and Mackey is a congressman and who has been asked by the Governor who is running for president to be his vice president. Finch hopes that this will mean a cabinet position for him. Finch is then contacted by Frank Staplin, the client that Mackey helped get off twenty years ago. Now unless Finch helps Frank again, he will tell everyone that Finch and Mackey were the ones who helped him avoid prosecution twenty years ago. Finch then kills him and makes it look like a suicide. But a few inconsistencies lead Lt. Columbo to believe that it was not and the fact that Staplin made a few phone calls to Finch before he died leads Columbo to see him.
Did You Know?
At around 15:50 Frank reaches over to his right to get some red candy from a bowl. Oscar is to his left side and shoots Frank in the head. The wound shows up in his right temple. It should have been in his left temple. Frank would have had to turn almost 135 degrees in that high back black leather chair to get shot like that. The gun was also placed in his right hand to drop on the blood from the wound. See more
I would hate to think there was any suspicion or innuendo about me!
I would too, sir.
References Singin' in the Rain
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