Columbo (1971–2003)
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Agenda for Murder 

This time Columbo is put on a murder that was made to look like a suicide. However, he notices some loose ends, and asks a lawyer and a governor to clear these problems up.


Patrick McGoohan


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Patrick McGoohan ... Oscar Finch
Denis Arndt ... Paul Mackey
Louis Zorich ... Frank Staplin
Penny Fuller ... Mrs. Finch
Bruce Kirby ... Sergeant George Kramer
Anne Haney ... Louise
Stanley Kamel ... Tim Haines
Steven Ford ... Toby Ritt
Arthur Hill ... The Governor
Michael Goldfinger Michael Goldfinger ... Laundry Truck Driver
Shaun Toub ... Amir
Annie Stewart Annie Stewart ... Rebecca Christy
Carol Barbee Carol Barbee ... Diane
Peter Allas ... Security Man #1


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. Written by <>

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Release Date:

10 February 1990 (USA) See more »

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Agenda per omicidi See more »

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


The black BMW 750iL is used twice in this season. It appears again in the last episode, "Murder in Malibu". See more »


After Columbo demonstrates to Finch how the gun had fallen on top of a drop of blood, Columbo says: ''The information that you just gave me is priceless'' and he picks up the gun with his right hand, keeping his arm stretched next to his body. Halfway the sentence the shot changes and Columbo now has his right arm in front of his chest with no gun in sight. See more »


Lt. Columbo: "There was this Jewish lady walking down Beverly Drive, and coming the other way, this flasher guy in his overcoat. When he gets up to her, he whips open the coat. She looks at him and says, 'You call that a lining?'"
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


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Patrick McGoohan is at it again!
27 September 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Being a good close personal friend of Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan was once more given the director's chair for this movie. Besides that, he also stars in it again as the movie its killer, opposite Peter Falk, like he had already done before in some previous Columbo movies entries.

Overall I have always liked Patrick McGoohan's directing jobs for the Columbo movies, with the exception of the failed 'different' experimental Columbo movie entry "Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore". This movie also isn't THE best directed Columbo movie by McGoohan but it simply is a worthy entry, that follows the usual successful formula. His movies always had a good style of its own as well, which always made them pleasant as well as a bit more interesting than the average Columbo movie entry to watch.

But he foremost is of course a great actor. He doesn't star in that many movies and my guess is that he has also had a bigger career in the theater. He is a great actor and he also shared some good chemistry in his sequences with Peter Falk. They always have been good playing opposite each other. The movie also features Arthur Hill in a small role. It was his last movie role before he went into retirement. The rest of the supporting cast is pretty bad however, which is a real shame and somewhat degrades the movie but the problem is not too serious though and you should still be able to enjoy this movie as much as basically any other Columbo movie.

The pace for this movie is rather slow but it's pleasantly slow. It allows its story to develop nicely and it also allows Peter Falk to really shine playing his well known Lt. Columbo character. It's a movie that gets filled with some trademark Columbo-humor, which is really mostly thanks to the way Peter Falk plays the character.

The story isn't anything too special but it's the type of story which works very effectively for a Columbo movie. It progresses- and features all of the usual ingredients that are custom for a Columbo movie. It's all quite solid for a murder-mystery and it also has some nice dialog in it. The story of course leaves out some clues for the Lieutenant but it aren't stupid clues. The killer in the movie is intelligent and the murder is well and cleverly planned and executed. But of course in the end he is no match for the somewhat peculiar Lt. Columbo, who as always is playing dumber than he of course in fact is, in order to get closer to- and 'trick' his main suspect.

A good Columbo entry set in the dirty world of politics.


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