Columbo (1971–2003)
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No Time to Die 

Columbo attends the wedding of his nephew, who is also with the LAPD. Suddenly it turns out that the bride is missing, possibly kidnapped. Columbo sets up the investigation to figure out what happened.


Alan J. Levi


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Joanna Going ... Melissa Alexandra Hayes
Thomas Calabro ... Detective Andy Parma
Dan Butler ... Sergeant Goodman
Doug Savant ... Detective Dennis Mulrooney
Daniel McDonald ... Strassa
Daniel Davis ... Alex Varrick
Lance LeGault ... Police Captain
Juliet Mills ... Eileen Hacker
David Byrd David Byrd ... Bailey
Don Swayze ... Albert Wagner
Donald Moffat ... Sheldon Hays
Patricia Huston Patricia Huston ... Louise Hays
Cliff Emmich ... Tubby Comfort
Beth Chamberlin ... Cindy


Columbo attends the wedding of his nephew, who is also with the LAPD. Suddenly it turns out that the bride is missing, possibly kidnapped. Columbo sets up the investigation to figure out what happened.

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Release Date:

15 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

À chacun son heure See more »

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


Two episodes, "Columbo: No Time to Die (1992)" and "Columbo: Undercover (1994)", were based on the 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain (AKA Evan Hunter), and so do not strictly follow the standard Columbo/inverted detective story format. See more »


When the captive bride is trying to figure a way to get the pins out of the door hinges she is shown unscrewing the metal hook out of a wooden hangar to use it as a tool. However those hooks are designed to swivel continuously not unscrew. See more »


Melissa Alexandra Hayes: Where did you learn that?
Columbo: Mrs. Columbo! She loves to dance! That's how I get my exercise, she wears me out!
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Out of the Loop (1992) See more »


Can't Help Falling In Love
Written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
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The Columbo That's Not A Columbo
5 March 2010 | by stubbersSee all my reviews

Hmmmm...this is a real curate's egg. If only this wasn't marketed as an episode of Columbo, then it would actually be a perfectly acceptable standalone kidnapping movie. The thing is, although "No Time To Die" features Lieutenant Columbo, it's not stylistically or structurally a "Columbo" show as such, and doesn't really deserve to be viewed as part of the series.

What it does do is reveal just how important the normal formula is to the success of the show. Although I have no issues with experimental variations on the basic formula, a Columbo without a murder is just not a Columbo. When you sit down to watch an episode of Columbo, you want the familiarity of the basic plot structure so that you can really get into the characters and how their lives have become enmeshed in the horrific aftermath of a sudden homicide.

"No Time To Die" just doesn't work in the same way. The whole format is so different from normal that if you're in the mood for a traditional Columbo, this is bound to leave you feeling short-changed and a bit cheated.

On the other hand though, if you're fully aware before viewing that "No Time To Die" is a kidnap movie rather than a murder mystery, then you'll probably find it quite a gripping story. And at the end of the day, Lt Columbo's presence will only add to your enjoyment.

I compare this to a musician's guest appearance on another artist's album, as opposed to their own release. It's like Lieutenant Columbo is making a guest appearance on a totally separate movie, rather than being the star of his own.

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