Columbo (1971–2003)
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Undercover 

Lt Columbo investigates men and women who are being killed over pieces of a photo they have, that shows where 4 million dollars in stolen money is hidden.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Ed Begley Jr. ... Irving Krutch
Burt Young ... Mo Weinberg
Harrison Page ... Detective Sgt. Arthur Brown
Shera Danese ... Geraldine Ferguson
Edward Hibbert ... Bramley Kahn
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Suzie Endicott (as Kristin Bauer)
Albie Selznick ... Detective McKittrick
Joe Chrest ... Mercer
Robert Donner ... Zeke Rivers
Hank Garrett ... Captain
Tyne Daly ... Dorothea McNally
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Lucia
Marla Adams ... Sheila Byrnes
Marianne Muellerleile ... Nurse Hilda
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Storyline

Cigar-chomping Lieutenant Columbo's investigation into the odd death of two men flings him headlong into a mystery revolving around the long-lost loot from an unsolved bank heist. Insurance investigator Irving Krutch asks for Columbo's assistance in tracking down the pieces of a photograph that will reveal the location of the hidden millions. To do so, Columbo must go undercover in various guises to obtain the pieces from the various people who now possess them. But in the course of the investigation, more than one of these people will be murdered, and Columbo can't shake the feeling that Krutch is somehow responsible for the entire bloody business... Written by Leaper

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Columbo change de peau See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the fifth of six appearances by Peter Falk's second wife Shera Danese on the series. See more »

Goofs

The location where the police find the sunken chest in no way matches the picture that supposedly reveals the location. The picture shows a wide "roadway" with square posts along the edge that borders the ocean. Where they actually pull up the chest the roadway is narrower with boulders on either side and no posts. See more »

Quotes

Columbo: Drop the gun.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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This Old Man
Traditional children's song
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Ed McBain fans take note:
23 February 2002 | by bradnfrankSee all my reviews

When you watch this movie, you will immediately notice that it does not follow the standard "Columbo" formula in which you know who the murderer is right from the start. Instead, we get a genuine mystery. That's because this movie is based on Ed McBain's novel "Jigsaw", originally published in 1970. This was one of his 87th Precinct mysteries, which did not originally feature Columbo.

Columbo is substituted for several different characters from the book, alternating from scene-to-scene. Sometimes he's the book's Detective Carella, other times he takes over for Detective Brown, who also appears in the movie. As confusing as this may sound, the movie is actually a very faithful adaptation of the book - even the pieces of the photo are identical to the illustrations in the book.

BTW, this isn't the only recent Columbo movie to be based on an Ed McBain novel -- "Columbo: No Time To Die" is an adaptation of the novel "So Long As You Both Shall Live".


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