Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star 

Lt. Columbo matches wits with a defense lawyer who has never lost a case in his career.


Alan J. Levi


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Shera Danese ... Trish Fairbanks
Cheryl Paris Cheryl Paris ... Marcy Edwards
Julian Stone ... Neddy Malcolm
Sondra Currie ... Sgt. Hubach
Little Richard ... Himself
John Martin ... Sam Marlowe
Steven Gilborn ... George
John Finnegan ... Chief Quentin Corbett
Grant Heslov ... Lab Technician
Dabney Coleman ... Hugh Creighton
Deborah Rose Deborah Rose ... Housekeeper
Tad Horino Tad Horino ... Gardener Ando Miaki
Joseph Chapman Joseph Chapman ... Prosecutor
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... Judge


A successful lawyer learns that his companion has been having an affair and upon learning of this throws her out. She in turn threatens to reveal his illegal tactics unless she gets some compensation for the time that they were together. He in turn, kills her and frames her boyfriend. Written by <>

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Release Date:

29 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonna sonora con omicidio See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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One of the few episodes Peter Falk played opposite to his wife Shera Danese. See more »


The speeding photos are timestamped at 15:11. Yet the shadow from the cars are very long indicating a time nearer to dusk or dawn. See more »


Lt. Columbo: [reading off a card] You have the right to remain silent, you know if you give that up, anything you say can be used against you. You have the right to retain an attorney... you have the right to... what the hell is that?
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7 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Columbo story has Peter Falk assigned to a double homicide of a former rock star who is the live-in mistress of wealthy defense attorney Dabney Coleman. Coleman has a reputation of never losing a criminal case. But mistress Cheryl Pais has enough information on Coleman and his methods that could ruin him. Still he wants her out of his life and he'll get her out one way or another.

Several years earlier a new word entered the English language courtesy of Michelle Triola Marvin and her attempts to collect alimony from Lee Marvin whom she lived with but never legally married. Her victory started a flood of those kind of suits and palimony became a word.

Coleman arranges the murder of both Pais and the guy she's been seeing on the side. Being a criminal lawyer he knows how to do it. He's even got a suspect suitable for framing.

One thing about this episode that had a different twist. Usually Columbo has to insinuate himself with the object of his suspicions to get close to him. Here Coleman uses whatever pull he has to get close to Columbo, the better to keep the eye on the investigation.

Coleman even has an alibi cooked up courtesy of his new law partner Shera Danese. You have to see what it is and how Peter Falk blows it apart at the climax.

Coleman who has taken a patent out on playing these smarmy characters is at his smarmy best in this Columbo story. Great to see him taken down.

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