Columbo (1971–2003)
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L.A. radio moderator Fielding Chase kills Gerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
William Shatner ... Fielding Chase
Molly Hagan ... Victoria Chase
Jack Laufer ... Gerald 'Gerry' Winters
Richard Kline ... Louis 'Lou' Cates
Yorgo Constantine ... Station Manager
Mark Lonow ... Theodore 'Ted' Malloy
Beverly Leech ... Deirdre 'DeeDee' Ross
Brian Markinson ... Deirdre's Agent
Robin Clarke Robin Clarke ... Senator Gordon Madison
Christopher Templeton Christopher Templeton ... Marian Burke
John C. Anders John C. Anders ... Officer Davis
Denice Kumagai ... Martha (as Denice Kumagi)
D.V. Caitlyn D.V. Caitlyn ... Second Biker (as Deryl Caitlyn)
Glenn Taranto ... Engineer


L.A. radio moderator Fielding Chase kills Gerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in New York. Chase presents a fine alibi: Winters was shot dead while speaking to him on the phone, even the shooting was recorded on his answering machine. Everything seems perfect, but will Lt. Columbo really believe this story? Written by Otto Oberhauser <>

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Release Date:

10 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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


At about eight minutes into the episode, Fielding Chase (William Shatner) wears the same red tie that Lauren Staton (Faye Dunaway) bought for Columbo in the preceding episode Columbo: It's All in the Game (1993). See more »


Radio commentator Fielding Chase wears a pencil-thin moustache, so wispy and light that it's barely visible even in most close-ups, except while he is talking to Columbo at the murder scene, when the moustache is suddenly, dramatically darker brown. See more »


Fielding Chase: Yes, Lieutenant, there's always one more thing. Do you have a problem with short term memory? Perhaps you should consult a physician.
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Shatner's tash
11 August 2005 | by lee_northSee all my reviews

Certainly not the greatest Colombo of all time, although Falk's acting is faultless as usual. Here we not only see Shatner at his worst and least prepared, we also witness the ineptitude of the continuity staff and make up department. Shatner's moustache seems to take on a new shape and colour of its own in each different scene ranging from one end of the colour spectrum right through to infra-red. His chemeleonic tash and poor acting is only mildly saved by Falk's supreme acting ability who almost seems to drag Shatner by the moustache through the duration of this movie. Wonderfully this movie uses the experimental pickles which we observe Falk using for the first time in the famous 'Breadstick' scene; vinegared goods which were to be become a trademark thereafter. Overall this film serves to demonstrate the ever widening chasm which exists between the acting styles of the two lead men: one being astounding, with colossal screen presence (particularly in the 'cop in a soap' scene), whilst the other dull, moribund and fledgling.

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