Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Goes to College 

Two college students decide to murder their professor during a class that Columbo is teaching.


(as E. W. Swackhamer)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Caffrey ...
Prof. D.E. Rusk
Dominic Doyle
June Clark
Mr. Redman
Mrs. Rowe
Bridget Hanley ...
Mrs. Rusk
Joe Doyle
Club Owner
Jordan Rowe
Elizabeth Swackhamer ...


Two college students who believe that their wealth and status allow them to do what they want. But one of them has been placed on notice by his father that if he messes up he's on his own. And they cheat in one of their classes. The professor discovers what they did. And he tells them that he will either flunk them or have them expelled. They later follow him and see him with someone. That's when they decide to kill him. They decide to do it during their next class wherein Columbo is teaching. And they do it despite being in the class when it happened. Columbo investigates and the two guys would like to help. Written by

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9 December 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Rowe's car is equipped with a partly-covered German "part-time" license plate underneath the American one. See more »


The splattered blood on Rusk's windshield is present in the closeup view only but is missing in the long shot. See more »


Cooper Redman: Your father's pretty wacky.
Justin Rowe: Yeah, he's a sick man. I hate him.
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Poor Rich Boy
(uncredited) (opening title)
Written by Burt Bacharach, David Pack, Joe Puerta
Performed by Ambrosia
Produced by Val Garay, assisted by Niko Bolas at Record One
Drums: Burleigh Drummond
Bass: Joe Puerta
Keyboards: Christopher North and David Lewis
Background vocals and guitar: David Pack
Background vocals and percussion: Royce Jones
(from Arthur (1981) The Album")
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An enjoyable murder mystery
20 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Not one of the strongest of the Columbo movies, but still pretty entertaining. There seem to be some echoes of "Compulsion"(1959) in the plot conceit of two college boy murderers who start insinuating themselves into the police investigation of the killing of their law professor, both to divert attention from themselves and to keep abreast of how much the police are finding out. But in this case, they are up against a much wilier opponent in Lt. Columbo, and their excessive self-confidence and politely suppressed scorn for the rumpled detective eventually lead them into a trap. Despite the fact that the murder plot hinges a little too much on fancy technology to be really plausible (could anyone really work out such a complicated conspiracy, requiring careful timing and gadgetry in just 24 hours?) it is still enjoyable to watch Columbo play the buffoon, lulling the culprits into complacency, and then proceed to wipe the smirks off their faces in the final revelation scene.

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