Columbo (1971–2003)
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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.


Vincent McEveety


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

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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


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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Release Date:

2 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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


After Columbo: It's All in the Game (1993), this is the second time that someone asks Columbo for his first name and he replies "Lieutenant." See more »


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 »


Mo Weinberg: [Columbo knocks on his apartment door] Just a minute! I'm in the bathroom!
[Columbo takes out a notebook and pencil and writes]
Mo Weinberg: [hides behind the door with a gun] Come in. It's open.
[the piece of paper Columbo wrote on slips through the door. The piece of paper reads, "You're a horse's ass"]
Columbo: [kicks the door open and bursts in] Drop the gun! Move over there!
[closes the door]
Columbo: What were you gonna do? Hit me in the head and steal my piece of the photo?
Mo Weinberg: No. I wasn't gonna hit you on the head.
Columbo: No? Not in...
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


This Old Man
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Columbo goes undercover
30 March 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I reasonably liked Undercover, but I can think of better and perhaps more interesting episodes. My complaints are some moments where the script, while mostly amusing and fun, loses lustre especially towards the end, the last 15 minutes doesn't hold that many surprises and feels unsatisfying and while Ed Begley Jnr is good actually I found the character underwritten. However, it is beautifully filmed with a fitting score and an intriguing, well paced and fun story. Columbo is different to how he's usually written, but Peter Falk puts his versatility to the limit and is as always entertaining. The support cast manage to be more memorable than Begley, with Tyne Daly just as good as with her performance in the Columbo episode A Bird in the Hand, Burt Young is amusing but faring best is Harrison Page who is a delight as Columbo's partner. Overall, entertaining and solid if not one of the better episodes. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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