Columbo (1971–2003)
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Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health 

Lt. Columbo investigates a self-proclaimed security expert turned crime show host for the murder of a rival with incriminating evidence of pornography.


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Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
George Hamilton ... Wade Anders
Peter Haskell ... Budd Clarke
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Maxine Jarrett (as Penny Johnson)
Robert Donner ... Arnie
Steven Gilborn ... George
Rick Najera ... Henry Santos
Marie Chambers Marie Chambers ... Lisa
Dennis Bailey ... Sergeant Lewis
Patricia Allison Patricia Allison ... Melanie
Jack Tate Jack Tate ... John
Paul Ganus ... Jack
Linda Dona ... Barbara Baylor
Michael Russo Michael Russo ... Duke Dimarco
Louis Herthum ... Technician


Wade Anders is the host of a popular television show. Budd Clarke was the one who was originally suppose to be the host of the show but Anders did a hatchet job on him and got it. Clarke discovers that Anders once did a porno movie with an underage actress and is threatening to expose this unless Anders resigns thus paving the way for him to take over the show that he believes is rightfully his. Anders then doctors some cigarettes and replaces chain smoker Clarke's and Clarke smokes them and dies. Anders then steals the evidence that Clarke had on him. Columbo then comes in to investigate and discover a few inconsistencies. Written by <>

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Release Date:

20 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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...nuoce gravemente alla salute See more »

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


In the closing credits of "Crime Alert", Alan J. Levi is listed as supervising producer, Todd London as co-producer and April Raynell as writer. All three people performed those functions on this episode of Columbo (1971). See more »


Wade prepares for the crime by burning down four cigarettes and putting the butts in a baggie. At Budd's house, he doctors the crime scene by putting these butts into Budd's ash tray. At this time, there are six butts in the baggie. See more »


Columbo: [to Budd Clarke's dog] Oh, you're a girl! Gee, you have more life in you than my dog.
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Spoofs Debbie Does Dallas (1978) See more »

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"Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health" (1991)
8 January 2019 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

PLOT: A crime show host (George Hamilton) murders a rival who blackmails him via an old porn flick to get his job (Peter Haskell).

COMMENTARY: Hamilton returns 16 years after his first gig with Columbo in "A Deadly State of Mind" (1975). The crime show is patterned after America's Most Wanted with John Walsh and makes for an interesting context. It's a solid episode that follows the formula to a 't,' nothing more, nothing less. Another reviewer accurately described it as "perfectly serviceable."


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