Columbo (1971–2003)
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Strange Bedfellows 

When Graham McVeigh kills his brother and frames a mob bookie for the crime and then kills the bookie and claims self-defense. He finds himself facing trouble from both Columbo and the bookie's superior in the mob.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
George Wendt ... Graham McVeigh
Jeff Yagher ... Teddy McVeigh
Jay Acovone ... Bruno Romano
Linda Gehringer ... Lorraine Buchinsky
Bruce Kirby ... Sgt. Phil Brindle
Don Calfa ... Rudy
William Bogert ... Randall Thurston
Shani Wallis ... Gwen
John Finnegan ... Barney
Rod Steiger ... Vincenzo Fortelli
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Pat O'Connor
Justin Lord ... Lt. Albert Schiffer
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Pawnbroker
Karen Mayo-Chandler Karen Mayo-Chandler ... Tiffany Keene


Graham McVeigh has had it with his ne'er-do-well brother Teddy who is a degenerate gambler and is in serious debt to his bookie Bruno Romano. He develops an elaborate plan to eliminate both of them by first having Teddy suffer a large loss at the track - Graham drugs his own horse, a sure winner, so it loses - and then framing Bruno for his Teddy's murder. He then arranges for Bruno to come to his house, ostensibly to collect Teddy's losses. He then kills Bruno and claims self defense. Lt. Colombo begins to find a number of anomalies that he simply cannot explained including mice in a restaurant bathroom. He's pretty certain Graham is responsible for both murders but he will need some assistance in order to get a confession out of him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une étrange association 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 opening pawn shop scene, the pawn shop owner states emphatically that the gun he gives the murderer has never been fired. All firearms are test fired at the factory before they're shipped. This is especially true of Colt firearms, as they keep a record of the test firing at the factory. See more »


Despite the fact that Teddy McVeigh was sitting in his car when he was shot, there is absolutely no blood anywhere on him or in the car. See more »


Vincenzo Fortelli: I'll give you a choice. You can walk outta here and never come back, keep your mouth shut; the other choice, I don't think I have to go into a bunch of detail about.
Lieutenant Columbo: You're not gonna kill a police officer?
Vincenzo Fortelli: Wouldn't be the first time.
Graham McVeigh: [after long, pensive stares at McVeigh and Fortelli, Columbo turns and heads out] For God's sake!
Lieutenant Columbo: [Stopping and turning around] I'm sorry sir. They don't pay me enough for this kind of stuff.
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Those details again
14 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

George Wendt who played beer swilling Norm Peterson on Cheers for years is our guest villain in this Columbo film. He is the owner with his brother of a thoroughbred horse breeding farm with big plans for the future. The problem is he's got a wastrel spendthrift brother in Jeff Yagher who owes some bookies really big bucks. Wendt's decided that the brother has to be eliminated as he can't carry his ever increasing debts.

But Wendt is not only a real slime ball he's a little bit crazy in his scheme. Not only does he kill the brother he kills Jay Acovone whom he lures to his house. Acovone is both a restaurant owner and a bookie and well connected to Mafia crime boss Rod Steiger who is a half owner in the place. You want to mess with those guys? He claims he killed Acovone as a matter of self defense.

I have to say that Wendt apparently had a well conceived plan, but those little details that Columbo spots are what does him in. Things that Wendt could not have foreseen just make Peter Falk zero in on him more and more.

Real Columbo fans could not miss the similarities between this story and one from the 70s where Hector Elizondo kills someone in the consulate of a Mideast kingdom. It was also a whole lot of little things that Falk suspect him, but he couldn't quite nail him. He uses the same gambit from that story to nail Wendt in this one.

You'll have to see the film to know what I am talking about.

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