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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Did You Know?


Shara Danese would star with Peter Falk again in 2005. They starred together in "Checking Out", one of Falks last films. See more »


Miaki's calendar clipboard, seen in an early scene, indicates that the month is August 1991; but the alibi photo, taken the same day, shows the date as 3-11-91. See more »


Lt. Columbo: You know, in all the years I've had this car, this is the first time I've ever had the top down!
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Enjoyable, complex outing for the sleuth
9 December 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

COLUMBO AND THE MURDER OF A ROCK STAR is a pretty good entry from the second incarnation of the raincoat-wearing sleuth. It features Dabney Coleman (BOARDWALK EMPIRE) who offs his cheating partner in an ingenious way, only to perplex the cops by offering a cast-iron alibi and a seemingly obvious suspect.

Sometimes these later stories can feel a little strained due to the lack of enough plotting to sustain a 100-minute running time, but that's not the case here. The murder is a complex one that takes plenty of (interesting) preparation, and there are various twists and turns thrown into the case to keep the viewer's attention right until the end. There's the occasional continuity error (such as the placement of a champagne bottle, which I was convinced had some relation to the plot) and unbelievable moment, but it's not enough to detract from the experience.

Falk is on fine form, although I was sad to see his comedy routines are limited to the single highlight, involving a funny fish tank contraption. Still, Coleman makes for an effectively grumpy villain, and the novelty of a Little Richard cameo can't be ignored. Falk's wife, Shera Danese, appears for the fourth time in the series. There's even a role for '70s actress Sondra Currie, playing virtually the same character she did in POLICEWOMEN.

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