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The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
kept me entertained
Someone on the forum for this film made a nice comment a while back, for which I'll paraphrase: he or she said something how the film "Airplane" was for airports as "Comedy of Terrors" is for undertakers. I couldn't have said it any better myself, even though I would've liked a few creepy scenes, considering the fine horror ensemble, and even a cat thrown in there, but this was 100% comedy. You know the cast by now, so I'll skip those details, but Vincent Price and Peter Lorre had fine chemistry together. If I knew this was a pure comedy and nothing to do with horror, I probably would've skipped the film, but I didn't know Price and Lorre could be just as entertaining as they were in "Tales of Terror", even though the latter is a better film. The only real negatives I can think of is Joyce Jameson's annoying singing, even though I know it was done on purpose, but it got tedious, as did Basil Rathbone's routine of rising from the dead. I don't think this film did too well at the box office, as plans for a sequel were nixed, but there are some truly funny moments by veteran horror actors that may be worth seeing.
Coach: Dauber Graduates (1991)
It's hard to get annoyed with Dauber(Bill Fagerbakke)usually, but he wins the prize here, as he goes out of character to annoy both Coach Fox and me! The gist has Dauber finally graduating college, even though he mentions "diploma", which I thought was only for high school, and Coach Fox and Luther are extremely happy for him, as was I. While Dauber's supposed to be getting Coach Fox's truck washed, he decides to turn around and refuses to wash the truck, as he feel's the chore is beneath him, since he's now a graduate. Never mind that Coach Fox has carried Dauber's butt for many years while he studied, but the coach has reason to be miffed at this defiance. I think Coach Fox was even prepared to make Dauber a full time assistant coach, which is a nice perk, but Dauber acted like a spoiled jerk, and totally out of character. The next part of the story has the coach wanting to skip Dauber's graduation ceremony, and look for a few mediocre performances from 8 feet tall Pam Stone, and someone named Karen Bankhead. Stone's acting career(thankfully)seemed to come to an end after this show, so there's that. Next, there's the "will he or won't he" angle to see if Coach Fox attends the graduation ceremony, and I'll let you find out next time you watch it, but you probably know the answer already. The ending's a bit predictable, but you can sense both anger and disappointment from our beloved coach.
All in the Family: Mike's Problem (1971)
Mike's double exam
This semi-funny, but solid episode has Mike nervous about taking college exams, and this anxiety leads to a failing grade in the bedroom. Gloria's very understanding, and a funny moment is when she tries to talk to her mother about a sexual problem, for which Edith struggles to handle such a delicate topic. It's also funny when Edith tries telling Archie about it, and his advice to Mike doesn't exactly inspire confidence. There's even one more funny scene, and it revolves around Archie and Henry Jefferson(Mel Stewart)at the bar, when Archie asks his "friend" how black folks have a certain "moxie" in the sex department, and Henry's answer is probably the best moment of this episode. I just remembered another funny moment right after a nervous Mike comes home after finishing his exams, and gets to meet Gloria, and has yet take another exam with her, if you get my meaning. She has one thing on her mind, but he's trying to stall her, so he wants to watch "Attack of the Sand Crab", which he sees inside the TV listings guide. After this moment, the show ends on a rather cute note.
Magnum and Mako
This segment has Magnum working with an old Samurai warrior(you read right)to locate a valuable plate that was stolen from the Japanese palace where Tozan(Mako)was guarding. The rub here is that this warrior's code involves suicide, mainly because he failed in his duty to protect this very expensive plate. Magnum does his best to help Tozan, and obviously talk the warrior out of killing himself. There's some comic relief revolving around dog repellent, and watching how T.C. and Rick react to the samurai angle, but nothing that memorable really happens. The fight scenes with Tozan taking on 5 or 6 others with swords was underwhelming, and a tad pedestrian, although I do enjoy Mako as an actor, as you'll see him all over the tube. To conclude, I'll say this wasn't among my favorite episodes, but it had a different angle and plot which may interest fans of this fine show.
Magnum, P.I.: Mr. White Death (1982)
Magnum and McHale's problem
This entertaining episode stars the great Ernest Borgnine as a "professional" wrestler, who enlists Magnum's help to help locate his son, who he hasn't seen in over 30 years. I question "professional" because he performs in flea bag halls to wrestle, but there's a reason for that, and you'll have to find out for yourself why. A big reason why I enjoyed this is because Rick, T.C., and Higgins are all involved, and that adds to any episode, and don't forget the lads! Poor Rick takes several beatings too. Wrestling fans will probably enjoy this episode more than some other fans of the show, but Borgnine is worth the price of admission. An odd surprise has Higgins and Earl(Borgnine)having more in common than you'd think, and there's even a funny nickname involved, which I won't spoil here. Add in the mob angle, as their chasing after Earl, and a touching moment at the end with his son, and overall, what we get is a solid episode with added star power in the great Ernest Borgnine.
Magnum, P.I.: Computer Date (1982)
The most notable aspect for me in this episode is how sleazy and mean Rick is, especially to Magnum, who's really not at fault. I just found out that Larry Manetti(Rick)is actually married to the woman named Claudia Randolph, who he has an affair with. Her real name is Nancy DeCarl, and they've been married since 1980. Small world, isn't it? The other familiar faces include Charles Aidman, and Jeff MacKay, who plays the quirky "Mac", as Magnum once again enlists his help on this current case. Consider Magnum's surprise when he spots Rick as the man whom the married woman is having an affair with; Magnum was hired by a suspecting husband to "spy" on his wife, although he quits the job after he discovers it's Rick involved. When Rick finds out, he acts like a jerk, and probably slightly unrealistic, considering the years they've been friends. After the dust finally settles by the end, I would've liked if he apologized to Magnum, and even though he never did on camera, we can assume he did by the way they were back to their old selves again. This has a nice two tier story going on, maybe a third, if you consider Higgin's old flame stopping by the estate, and it's funny watching him try to get in shape. Finally, look for a cool Porsche 928 during a car chase.
Magnum, P.I.: Wave Goodbye (1981)
good cop, bad cop?
This episode has Magnum investigating the death of some flirty surfer girl named Kacy, who he's supposedly friends with, but something about her death irks him. Interestingly enough, this is Diane Crowley's(Kacy)final acting credit, and 8 months after this episode was aired, Vic Morrow(Sgt. Jordan)would be tragically killed on the set of a movie. Curse you John Landis! While I'm discussing the other characters, I felt the most memorable performance was by Wings Hauser, who played Nick, a veteran of the Vietnam War, and suspect of Kacy's death. The scenes between he and Magnum were both sad and touching, as Magnum tries his best to get him proper care in a hospital, as he's homeless and plagued by past demons from the war. There was only 1 scene with Higgins unfortunately, and I thought the ending could've been a bit more dramatic, but overall, I was pleased with most of this episode.
Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995)
The most notable aspect for me was the familiar faces in this episode, which include fine performances by both George Wendt and Rod Steiger, and watch for regulars John Finnegan, and the final appearance of Bruce Kirby. Wendt is the real star here, as he's just a few years removed from a memorable run on "Cheers", and he's very convincing in a murderous role here. Steiger is also in fine form as a mob boss, as he warns Columbo that he'll give him time to arrest Graham(Wendt), but if that fails, then he'll take care of matters himself and that won't be pretty. Without giving too much away, this ending plot borrows heavily from "A Case of Immunity", which is a fine episode from 1975, and I could see this conclusion coming a mile away, especially them giving the same "thumbs-up" gestures, so that drops this episode down a few pegs. As someone else said, this isn't the best Columbo film in the stable(pun intended), but it's passable, and instead of Wendt raising a glass of beer, this time he's raising a gun.
The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
3/4 good,1/4 bad
This film, while solid for the most part, reminds me of a scene from "Columbo", where one character says to the detective "an exciting meal has been ruined!". That's the way I felt about this film, and they say a poor ending can hurt a film, and I must agree here. While this may seem like a negative review, there's things that I did like, such as Robert Quarry's performance, and the creepy mansion in which he resides, with a bunch of slick dark rooms, and skinny stairs. Look for some familiar faces in a very young Craig T. Nelson, Mariette Hartley, Michael Pataki, and Rudy De Luca. On the other hand, there's Philip Frame, who plays Tommy, and he may be the worst actor I've ever seen, and I'm not surprised that he only has 1 more acting credit after this film. That kid also deserved that good smack, the little jerk. One of the most disappointing aspects for me is that Tommy doesn't get his just desserts he richly deserved, but that's all I'll spoil for you. There's more good scenes than bad scenes, but the bad ones almost defy vampire logic, and really hurt the film for me.
Prince of Darkness (1987)
Carpenter's creepy cult classic
So maybe I'm stretching "classic" a bit, but this film never got the good reviews I felt it deserved, an I'm a veteran of many things horror. The subject matter is fairly original. Did you ever hear of Satan as a green fluid held prisoner under a creepy old church? I didn't think so. Watch how Donald Pleasance overacts, but he's engaging, and makes anything he's in that more enjoyable. A few more familiar faces include Jameson Parker, who's sporting a Freddie Mercury mustache, Dennis Dun, Alice Cooper(that's right)and Victor Wong. I found this film very suspenseful with some interesting kills, and cool scenes. It's not a film that ends nicely, like many John Carpenter films, so you may feel empty after watching it, but the ride should be worth it. There are a few negative things, however, that bear mentioning, such as poor character development, as there's really no one to root for, and an awful, forced love scene that's almost as bad as the one from The Fog(1980), as it wasn't needed at all. Getting those out of the way, I still recommend this film, as I don't think Carpenter made many more good ones after this came out.
End of an era
I guess I have a soft spot, a very small one, for this forgotten film, which was directed by horror icon Robert Englund. I think it's because it came out at the end of the 80's, which is the decade I saw the majority of my horror films, as I consider myself a horror buff. I've seen it listed as either 1988 or 1989, but I don't think I've seen many more horror films since then, as the 80's wrapped up my teen years. An interesting tidbit has star Stephen Geoffreys basically become a gay porn star not long after this film came out, no pun intended. You probably won't recognize anyone else, other than perhaps Sandy Dennis, and maybe Robert Picardo. I thought the premise of the film was fairly original; you call a "horrorscope" number, and you get to speak to the Devil. There's a catch though, if you don't do what "he" says, you get a strange sounding ring on a nearby pay phone(remember them?)and bad stuff may happen to you. Buyer beware! I'll get the bad out of the way; first off, I didn't like how Hoax decided to play a cruel, but deadly joke on Suzie, considering she was very nice to him, and even tried to protect him from bullies. Her death scene was pretty lame, as far as horror standards go. Also, the way the house turned into a foamy ice inside, and the fire effects under the house, were cheesy at best. I did like the creature's make-up for the most part, although the extra large hands and feet could've been done better. I also thought the fish falling from the sky was interesting, and I haven't seen anything like it before or after this film. Mark Dark was a very cool addition, but I wish there was more background on his character. To finish this review, I'll reiterate that this has some late 80's charm to me, and was probably one of the last horror films I saw, at least from what I can recall, as the 80's gave me some really cool horror film memories, and I'll proudly include this film as well.
All in the Family: The Taxi Caper (1973)
And justice for all?
With the recent crazy world of American politics, this episode revolves around the power of the purse, which directly affects one Archie Bunker. The story has Archie robbed in his cab by a young white man, which both surprises and disappoints him, but it turns out this youngster is the son of a powerful politician. Watch for familiar faces in Robert Mandan and Michael Pataki, as they both play their respective parts convincingly. An interesting scene has Archie obviously lambasting the criminal, while Mike the liberal tells him that even criminals aren't pieces of trash, as Archie calls the thief; however, after Archie gets bribed by a smooth talking attorney to drop the charges, Mike reverts to calling Archie a hypocrite, and even criticizes the attorney for defending the politician's son. It was nice to see Mike take off his liberal cap for once, and call a spade a spade. I won't spoil the ending, but even though Archie got paid/bribed $100 to forget about the crime, his wallet is about to get "legally" hit in the police station. The most notable aspect for me was Mandan's and Pataki's appearances, but this was still a solid episode.
The frog that ate Tokyo
By this later season, this show was on a serious decline, but this is a fine gem which re-introduces Teresa(Liz Torres)as a minor character. Archie is looking to rent a room to a boarder, and somehow Teresa, who once annoyed him during a hospital stay, winds up being the one chosen to live there. In case you didn't already know, the Stivic's moved out, and the Bunker's needed the extra income. It'll obviously take Archie some time to get used to her staying, and her outspoken Puerto Rican ways; plus, he's also dealing with Marvin the mouse! This isn't the greatest episode they ever did, but it adds a slightly different tinge than what you may be used to, and I felt that Torres had a fine performance, and more than held her own. One scene I did find odd had Edith telling Archie about a movie he liked being on the tube, while Teresa's studying for her exams in the same room. I think Edith dropped the ball right there, but this is still a fine episode during the weak run of this once great series.
Grave of the Vampire (1972)
If you're trying to figure out my summary line, it's a reference to Michael Pataki's character in "Happy Days", which many may remember him by, as I do. Look for veteran character actor William Smith, who's always solid, although he probably needed slightly better material to work with in this film. I'm a fan of most 70's vampires, and while this won't be tops on my list, I still enjoyed this slightly different "bite" than what I'm used to. Pataki was solid as the main vampire, although he lacked the charm that many have playing the lead dude, but he was still convincing, and sometimes creepy, save for the silly fangs. Something that stood out to me was the mother feeding her "baby vampire" blood, although it was an odd scene to watch, but I never saw anything like it before, and I've seen tons of vampire films. The atmosphere, especially the college campus at night, worked for me; there was also a slick fog throughout the cemetery too. A few things made me scratch my head, such as the rushed love scene between James(Smith)and Anne(Lyn Peters), who just met minutes before. There was an interesting police angle early on, but after one detective gets killed, that's the end of the police hunt. Overall, this was a different type of vampire film than you may be used to, but it's worth a try.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
A bit overrated, but still decent
If you're expecting a terrific review, or expecting me to tear this film to shreds, then stop reading it right now, and go do something more worthwhile. Right off the bat, I REALLY wanted to REALLY like this film in spades, maybe because I caught a few minutes of it about 20 years ago at a friend's house, or maybe because I'm a fan of most stuff late 70's, especially the great music and cool cars. I can "almost" relate to the beer parties in the woods in my youth, mainly because my beer party heyday was around 1986, even though this film revolves around 1976. As I do in many reviews, I like to get the bad out of the way; in this case, the very bad being Wiley Wiggins(Mitch)and Christin Hinojosa(Sabrina), as I found them both boring characters, and poor actors. Check out their lack of other acting gigs to confirm my complaint about them. That's the worst of my ambivalence towards this film. I also thought it lacked a central character, as kids seemed to wander in and out of scenes for no particular reason with nothing special to do, there's barely a plot, added with mediocre character development. What saved the film from itself is the fine depiction of the beer party in the woods, which makes this film "almost good", to be kind. I was involved in the same type of parties, although less glamorous, around 1986 or so, so it touched a soft spot for me. During these scenes, we get some real teen angst, such as tension between characters Mike, Clint, Pink, Jodi, and Benny. Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" really worked for me during these scenes, as it was my favorite song for this film. I needed a bit more drama though, and wish there were more scenes like these, but that's not the case. In closing, would I recommend this to a friend? No, I wouldn't. If, however, someone's interested in that time period, and can relate to some of the characters, then I guess it may or may not mean more to them than it did me. If I saw this film without reading the hype, then maybe I'd like it better, so perhaps my expectations were a bit high to begin with.
Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem (1974)
"You'll sleep like the dead"
To understand my above quote, you should be made aware of "Salem's Lot", a terrific vampire film starring Lew Ayres, who also just happens to be the hapless victim in this episode. The other familiar faces include Jose Ferrer, Jessica Walter, Robert Walker Jr., Lee Montgomery, Lou Wagner, and Robby the Robot! Let me get the bad out of the way first, as it sometimes plagues this great series; the particular scene in question has Dr. Nicholson(Ayres)basically warn Dr. Cahill(Ferrer)that he(Nicholson)will report Cahill's son for plagiarizing a dead man's work. Also, I thought Dr. Nicholson's wife(Walters)could've acted a bit more sad about her husband's murder, plus she didn't go out of her way to help Columbo. Now that that's out of the way, I enjoyed the different setting of a government think tank, with several computers, and even a cool robot which I mentioned already. Columbo's dog makes a few cute appearances as well, and that always adds to any episode. Even though the ending was original, and not the usual formula, I still think it was beneath Columbo to get a confession that way. Overall, it a solid story, with some fine acting, especially by Ayres and Ferrer.
Columbo: By Dawn's Early Light (1974)
For those about to rock...
Classic rock fans may understand my summary line, which is in regards to the murder weapon of choice, a cannon. The best aspect for me was the performance by Columbo veteran actor Patrick McGoohan, who portrays Col. Lyle C. Rumford perfectly. The other familiar faces include a very young Bruno Kirby, his father Bruce Kirby, an annoying Madeleine Sherwood, a mediocre Mark Wheeler, Tom Simcox, and Burr DeBenning. This is a different location than the usual boring mansion, as the entire episode is filmed at a real military academy! Columbo even volunteers to live with the cadets while he investigates the murder. Let me mention that the murder itself, while original, seems quite silly to pull off; also, is the motive really worth all the trouble? Enrollment is way down anyway, so closing the school shouldn't come as no big surprise. Regarding the "elusive cider", I find it hard to fathom that Rumford would continue to pursue this issue, since it places him at the scene of the crime, although I won't spoil anymore. Although these details are worth mentioning, and I'm a Columbo veteran myself, I still don't think they detract that much from a very solid episode.
Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)
This is among my favorite episodes of Columbo, along with the 1976 William Shatner one, mainly because the hammy performance of Donald Pleasance. Don't take that as a negative though, because he really shines as the snobby Adrian Carsini, even though he overacts just a tad, and he looks about as Italian as my cat, but he gives his all. It's obvious he and Peter Falk have great chemistry, and I found myself feeling sorry when he finally gets caught. The other familiar faces include Julie Harris, Gary Conway, Dana Elcar, and Joyce Jillson. How can you not love an episode that revolves around a winery? The winery itself is an actual one, located in San Jose, called Mirassou Winery. We also get to see a cool 1966 Ferrari, that happens to have a "Colombo" engine, a wine auction, and a very cool vault under the winery. As much as I enjoyed this, there are still some silly things that Carsini does before and after the murder, and I really doubt folks behave this way in real life, so those aspects make this from being a perfect segment. Whatever the case, this is still one of my favorites anyway.
Uninspiring all around
As much as I anticipated this segment, it must be said that it was a major letdown, especially the mediocre performance of Doney Oatman, who plays Edna Unger, who did little of substance, and was as wooden as they come. Pamelyn Ferdin did a much more credible job a few years before as Edna. Even Paul Williams gave a rather lame performance, especially when he performed. I'm also not that surprised that Oatman's acting career ended about 3 years later. One scene in particular that bugged me was when Edna meets Willaims, her idol, and she just stares at him and gapes without uttering one word, then he leaves shortly after. I've seen wood with more emotion. Now that I piled on her enough, there's a few decent moments, I guess, but not enough to ever want to watch this again. Maybe the writers were out of ideas? The only interesting moment is when Oscar mentions Alice Cooper's name.
Columbo: Blueprint for Murder (1972)
Country vs. Classical
I would have to say the best moments for me, although too short, are the tense scenes between Forrest Tucker, Patrick O'Neal, as both give great performances. The other familiar faces include Janis Paige, Bettye Ackerman, and John Fiedler; I found Pamela Austin slightly annoying as the "child bride". No need to go through the plot, as you probably read it, or know it, by now. Peter Falk did a commendable job as the director of this episode, as it's not the usual murder taking place in a big mansion; rather, mostly everything revolves around a construction site, namely "Willamson City". We also get some nice scenes on a ranch, an impressive office, a university classroom, and real construction workers doing their trade. As fine as this episode was, I'm not so sure Columbo could've gotten quick approval to dig up a massive pile of concrete, which occurs here. Other than that small tidbit, this is a mighty fine story.
Bea Arthur is amazing
It's not easy to upstage Archie Bunker, but Maude pulled it off, as Bea Arthur hit a home run with her excellent performance. Even before her first appearance on the episode, there's some very funny moments, as Archie, Mike, and Gloria are all sick, and poor Edith tries her best to tend to all of them. When it's too hard for her, Maude comes to the rescue, much to the chagrin of Archie! He can't stand her or her liberal ways. I won't get into the banter between the two of them, but it is legendary; besides, it's probably the first time I ever heard the word "socialist", which was uttered by Archie about FDR, whom Maude loved. I would say this is among my top overall episodes for this great show, and if you're a fan of Arthur's, make sure to catch her wonderful performance here.
All the President's "Man"
This early episode revolves around Archie being interviewed at work, which has something to do with the economy, I think. I believe he mentions "pinko Cronkite", a term he uses several times during the series' run. As Archie comes home from work in a good mood, that soon changes when he realizes his television is broken, and he's having trouble finding someone to fix it. During this time, there's a funny exchange with a repairman named Levy(Neil J. Schwartz), who you may recognize from "Happy Days" although he is unable to fix the set because of a Jewish holiday revolving around sunset. A scene or 2 before or after this, Archie hurls around some ethnic jokes that wouldn't be allowed on the tube nowadays, but they are very funny. Since I'm an old CBS logo buff(hard to explain), there's a very cool "special report" logo on the set at Kelsey's bar; Archie had nowhere else to watch the news, so he bribed the guys with a round of beer to let him see the news, as they were watching a basketball game. Look for familiar faces in Bob Hastings and Billy Sands, both from "McHale's Navy". I won't spoil the ending, but let's just say that Nixon didn't do Archie any favors, even considering that Archie voted for him!
Night Gallery: Room for One Less (1973)
One of those weird ones
My following review will take you longer to read than the amount of time it will take you to watch this extremely short segment, which is barely a minute long. This is what I call a "Jack Laird special", meaning he was the director/writer of many shorter comedic segments, which Rod Serling detested, I heard. Listening to Serling's quick monologue seconds before this story began, he almost seems resigned to the fact that he must take one for the team, so to speak. I think he and Laird butted heads over the comedy aspect for this show. In any event, I still enjoy the 70's cheesiness for some of these skits. Regarding this one, we get to see inside a somewhat darkened elevator, which appears full of people, probably headed to and from their jobs. Weirdness ensues when a man quickly turns into an alien(Lee J. Lambert) with a giant head; soon after, the elevator operator(James Metropole)shows the creature a sign that mentions something about 10 people being the maximum limit for the elevator, so the alien must get off. I'll let you wait and see what happens next, but it's not funny nor scary. If you can wait barely a minute, then you can sit through this one.
McCloud: McCloud Meets Dracula (1977)
With apologies to Mr. Barlow
This final episode of "McCloud" was more entertaining than creepy, although the creepiest character was Morris the butler, played by Reggie Nalder. In 1979, Nalder portrayed the infamous vampire Mr. Barlow, from the equally infamous "Salem's Lot", which is still the best/scariest vampire film I've ever seen. Back to this story, the familiar faces include Ken Lynch, Diana Muldaur, John Finnegan, J.D. Cannon, and quirky performances by Tom Snyder, and especially John Carradine; their interview together is rather interesting and fun. I'll do my best not to spoil too much, as I'll give some positive and negative aspects. Let's get the minuses out of the way first; right off the bat, I thought Belasco(Carradine)could've shown his fangs at least ONCE, but he never does, so he really just looks like a tired old man. I wasn't crazy about how he runs from the police, considering vampires are supposed to float/fly. When he enters and kills a female victim in her apartment, I don't recall him being invited in, so I'll chalk that up to lazy writing. Lastly, I thought Muldaur was only average, and slowed the episode down a bit. Regarding the positives, Belasco's abode was done fairly well, with candles and an eerie dark room where the coffin rests. For those paying real close attention, one of the props in the house is a painting, and if you watch the Night Gallery, you may notice the same painting from a segment titled, "With Apologies to Mr. Hyde". Even though I complained above about a "running" vampire, I did like how he climbed up a bridge before the final scene, which I won't ruin for you, but I like how it's left ambiguous. Nalder was the best aspect of this episode though, and in 1979, he was the scariest vampire ever to appear on film. If you're a fan of 1970's vampires, you probably won't be too disappointed, although I felt a bit more meat could've been added to the bone.
Columbo: Candidate for Crime (1973)
It was only a coincidence that I watched this great episode on the same night as Super Tuesday, when politicians won or lost crucial states for the big upcoming election. Anyway, Jackie Cooper is excellent as the ambitious Nelson Hayward, who's running for office, and is as cocky as they come. Some of the other familiar faces include Ken Swofford(equally solid), Joanne Linville, Tisha Sterling, and Vito Scotti; pay close attention and you may also recognize Sandy Kenyon, whom I remember from a few All in the Family episodes. Other than a rather silly murder motive, add in another silly moment using firecrackers, and the fact that Hayward himself commits the crime, rather than hire someone else to do it, this is still a pretty entertaining episode, especially Cooper's smug portrayal. Something else I enjoy is the many outdoor scenes, instead of inside the typical boring mansion many stories revolve around. We get to see Hayward's swimming pool, a gas station where Columbo's getting his car fixed, and a funny scene where Columbo gets fitted for a suit. All in all, this is a mostly entertaining episode worth seeing.