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Columbo (original series)(1968-1978)

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COLUMBO
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Universal Television/ Universal City Studios/ an MCA Company
for
NBC's 'Mystery Movie' slot
Created by
Richard Levinson and William Link

US Detective series 1968 (1st pilot) 1971 (2nd pilot)
original series 1971-78 (43 TV Movies) + revival 1988-2003 (24 TV Movies) (Total 69 TV Movies)
 
Starring
Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo

'Mystery Movie' theme by Henry Mancini

Recurring Guest Stars:
Robert Culp:
DEATH LENDS A HAND (1971) (contact lens)
THE MOST CRUCIAL GAME (1972)
DOUBLE EXPOSURE (1973)
COLUMBO GOES TO COLLEGE (1990)

Patrick McGoohan:
BY DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (1974)
IDENTITY CRISIS (also Leslie Nielsen)(1975)
LAST SALUTE TO THE COMMODORE (gs: Robert Vaughn)
directed by Patrick McGoohan (not starring)
AGENDA FOR MURDER (1990)
ASHES TO ASHES (1998)

Jack Cassidy:
MURDER BY THE BOOK (1971)
PUBLISH OR PERRISH (1974)
NOW YOU SEE HIM (1976)

William Shatner:
FADE INTO MURDER (1976)
BUTTERFLIES IN SHADES OF GREY (1994)

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[--] Columbo: PRESCRIPTION: MURDER (1st pilot)(2hr slot)
20-Feb-1968
Produced and Directed by Richard Irving
Teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Fink based on their play
 Starring:
Peter Falk ............. Columbo
Gene Barry ............. Dr. Ray Flemming
Katherine Justice ...... Joan Hudson
William Windom ......... Burt Gordon
Nina Foch .............. Carol Flemming
 
[--] Columbo: RANSOM FOR A DEAD MAN (2nd pilot)(2hr slot)
1-Mar-1971
Executive Producer, Richard Irving/ Produced by Dean Hargrove
Teleplay by Dean Hargrove/ Story by Richard Levinson & William Link
Directed by Richard Irving
Guest Stars:
Lee Grant ..................... Leslie Williams
John Fink ..................... Michael
Harold Gould .................. Carlson
Patricia Mattick .............. Margaret Williams
Synopsis:
A lawyer (Lee Grant) comes up with a clever plan to murder her husband. After the deed is done, a seeminmgly
slow-witted slovenly homicide detective (Columbo) is assigned the case. But he's not nearly as incompetent as he appears.

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"The NBC Mystery Movie"
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern Wednesdays (90 min. time slot)
(rotated with "McCloud", "McMillan and Wife")

1.1 [--] Columbo: MURDER BY THE BOOK *****
(c) 1971; 15Sep71 NBC
Produced by Richard Levinson and William Link
Written by Steven Bocho
Directed by Steven Spielberg
 Guest Stars:
Jack Cassidy .................. Ken Franklin
Rosemary Forsyth .............. Loanna Ferris
Special Guest Star:
Martin Milner ................. James Ferris
 
1.2 [--] Columbo: DEATH LENDS A HAND ***** ( 90 min slot)
6Oct71
Written and Produced by Richard Levinson and William Link/  Associate Producer Robert O'Neill
Directed by Bernard Kowalski
Guest Stars:
Robert Culp ................... Investigator Brimmer
Patricia Crowley .............. Mrs. Lenore Kennicut
Special Guest Star:
Ray Milland ................... Arthur Kennicut
 Blackmail turns to murder when a private investigator (Robert Culp) tries to profit from a wife's (Patricia Crowley)
indiscretions. A classic Columbo.
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A man (Ray Milland) becomes suspicious of his very young wife (Patricia Crowley) and has her followed. The investigator
(Robert Culp) gives her a phoney clean bill of health, then attempts to blackmail her.

1.3 [--] Columbo: DEAD WEIGHT (90min. slot)
27-Oct-1971
Executive Producers, Richard Levinson and William Link
Produced by Everett Chambers/ Associate Producer Robert O'Neill
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Jack Smight
Guest Stars:
Eddie Albert .................. Major General Martin Hollister
Suzanne Pleshette ............. Helen Stewart
Kate Reid ..................... Mrs. Walters
 
1.4 [--] Columbo: SUITABLE FOR FRAMING (90min. slot)
17-Nov-1971
Produced Richard Levinson and William Link / Associate Producer, Robert O'Neill
Written by Jackson Gillis
Directed by Hy Averback
 Guest Stars:
Ross Martin ............ Dale Kingston
Don Ameche ............. Frank Simpson
Special Guest Star:
Kim Hunter ............. Edna Matthews
 Synopsis:
Columbo tackles the case of an art critic who, after learning that his uncle does not intend to bequeath an
extensive art collection to him,commits murder.

1.5 [--] Columbo: LADY IN WAITING (90 min slot)
15-Dec-1971
Executive Producers:  Richard Levinson and William Link
Produced by Everett Chambers / Associate Producer, Robert F. O'Neill
Teleplay by Stephen Bocho; Story by Barney Slater
Directed by Norman Lloyd
 Guest Stars:
Susan Clark ................... Beth Chadwick
Jessie Royce Landis ........... Mrs. Chadwick
Richard Anderson .............. Bryce Chadwick
Special Guest Star:
Leslie Nielsen ................ Peter Hamilton
 A corporation chairman (Richard Anderson) forbids his sister Beth (Susan Clark) from marrying a lawyer (Leslie Nielsen)
who he believes is after her money.

1.6 [--] Columbo: SHORT FUSE (90 min slot)
19-Jan-1972
Produced Richard Levinson and William Link/  Associate Producer Robert F. O'Neill
Teleplay by Jackson Gillis / Story by Lester & Tina Pine and Jackson Gillis
Directed by Edward M. Abroms
Guest Stars:
Roddy McDowall ................ Roger Stanford
Anne Francis .................. Betty Bishop
James Gregory ................. David Buckner
And:
Ida Lupino .................... Doris Buckner
Special Guest Star:
William Windom ................ Everett Logan
 
1.7 [--] Columbo: BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER (90 min slot)
9Feb72
Teleplay by Steven Bochco; Story by William Kelley
Directed by Peter Falk
Guest Stars:
Patrick O'Neal ................ Elliot Markham
Janis Paige ................... Goldie Williamson
Pamela Austin ................. Jennifer Williamson
John Fiedler .................. Dr. Moss
Special Guest Star:
Forrest Tucker ................ Beau Williamson
 
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"The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie"
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern (90 min. time slot)
(rotated with "McCloud", "McMillan and Wife", "Hec Ramsey")
Produced by Dean Hargrove / Associate Producer: Edward K. Dodds

2.1 [10] Columbo: ETUDE IN BLACK (2 hours)
(c) 1972 Universal  / 17-Oct-1972
Produced by Dean Hargrove / Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Steven Bocho; Story by Richard Levinson and William Link
Directed by Nicholas Colasanto
Guest Stars:
John Cassavetes ........ Maestro Alex Benedict
James Olson ............ Paul Rifkin
Blythe Danner .......... Janice Benedict
And:
Anjanette Comer ........ Jenifer Welles
Special Guest Star:
Myrna Loy .............. Lizzi Fielding
 Synopsis 1:
The mistress (Anjanette Comer) of a conductor (John Cassavetes) becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell
all to her lover's wife (Blythe Danner)
Synopsis 2:
A young and talented concert pianist threatens to go public with details of her affair with a brilliant symphony
orchestra conductor & he cannot risk the scandal.

2.2 [11] Columbo: THE GREENHOUSE JUNGLE (90 min slot)
15Oct72 NBC (Sunday Mystery Movie)
Produced by Dean Hargrove/ Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Written by Jonathan Latimer
Directed by Boris Sagal
guest stars:
Ray Milland ................... Jarvis Goodland
Bob Dishy ..................... Sergeant Frederic Wilson
Sandra Smith .................. Cathy Goodland
special guest star:
Bradford Dillman .............. Tony Goodland
 Synopsis:
A botanical collector (Ray Milland) involves his nephew (Bradford Dillman)in a kidnapping to break a trust fund,
then murders him to finance his hobby

2.3 [12] Columbo: THE MOST CRUCIAL GAME (90 min slot)
5-Nov-1972  NBC 'Sunday Mystery Movie'
Produced by Dean Hargrove/ Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Written by John T. Duggan
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
 Guest Stars
Robert Culp ................... Paul Hanlon
Dean Jagger ................... Walter Cannell
James Gregory ................. Coach Larry Rizzo
Valerie Harper ................ Eve Babcock
Susan Howard .................. Shirley Wagner
Special Guest Star:
Dean Stockwell ................ Eric Wagner
 
2.4 [13] Columbo: DAGGER OF THE MIND (2hr slot)
26-Nov-1972 (Location Filming in London)
Produced by Dean Hargrove / Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Jackson Gillis; Story by Richard Levinson & William Link
Directed by Richard Quine
Guest Stars:
Richard Basehart ....... Nicholas Framer
Wilfrid Hyde-White ..... Tanner
Bernard Fox ............ Detective Chief Supt. William Durk
John Williams .......... Sir Roger Haversham
Special Guest Star:
Honor Blackman ......... Lillian Stanhope
From London:
Special Guest Stars: (end credits)
John Fraser ............ From London--Special Guest Star
Richard Pearson ........ From London--Special Guest Star
 Synopsis:
In England to study Scotland Yard, Columbo probes a theater patron's (John Williams) murder by Shakespearean actors
(Richard Basehart, Honor Blackman).

2.5 [14] Columbo: REQUIEM FOR A FALLING STAR (90 min slot)
21-Jan-1973
Produced by Dean Hargrove/ Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Written by Jackson Gillis/ Executive Story Consultant Jackson Gillis
Directed by Richard Quine
Guest Stars:
Anne Baxter ................... Nora Chandler
Frank Converse ................ Mr. Fallon
Pippa Scott ................... Jean Davis
Kevin McCarthy ................ Dr. Frank Simmons
Special Guest Star:
Mel Ferrer .................... Jerry Parks
 Synopsis:
A feud between a fading actress (Anne Baxter) ands a gossip columinst forms the backdrop to a murder investigation.

2.06 [15] Columbo: A STITCH IN CRIME (90 min slot)
11-Feb-1973
Produced by Dean Hargrove / Associate Producer: Edward K. Dodds
Written by Shirl Hendryx
Directed by Hy Averback
Guest Stars:
Leonard Nimoy ................. Dr. Barry Mayfield
Anne Francis .................. Sharon Martin
Nita Talbot ................... Marsha Dalton
Special Guest Star:
Will Geer ..................... Dr. Edmund Hiedeman
 
2.07 [16] Columbo: THE MOST DANGEROUS MATCH (90 min slot)
04-Mar-1973
Produced by Dean Hargrove / Associate Producer: Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Jackson Gillis; Story by Jackson Gillis & Richard Levinson & William Link
Directed by Edward M. Abroms
Guest Stars:
Laurence Harvey ........... Emmet Clayton
Lloyd Bochner ............. Mazoor Berozski
Jack Kruschen ............. Tomlin Dudek
 When the caluculating mind of an over-ambitious chess player grand master (Laurence Harvey) turns to
murder, it is time for Lieutenant Columbo to enter the game.

2.08 [17] Columbo: DOUBLE SHOCK (90min slot)
25Mar73
Produced by Dean Hargrove / Associate Producer, Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Steven Bochco; Story by Jackson Gillis, Richard Levinson, William Fink
Directed by Robert Butler
Guest Stars
Martin Landau ................. Dexter and Norman Paris
Jeanette Nolan ................ Mrs. Peck
Tim O'Connor .................. Michael Hathaway
Julie Newmar .................. Lisa Chambers
Paul Stewart .................. Clifford Paris
 Twins (Martin Landau in a dual role) kill their wealthy uncle (Paul Stewart)
just before his marriage to a younger woman (Julie Newmar).

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"The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie"
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Eastern (2 hr. time slot)
(rotated with "McCloud", "McMillan and Wife", "Hec Ramsey")

3.1 [18] Columbo: LOVELY BUT LETHAL (90min slot)
23-Sep-1973
Produced by Douglas Benton / Associate Producer: Robert F. O'Neill
Teleplay by Jackson Gillis; Story by Myrna Bercovici
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Guest Cast:
Vera Miles .................... Viveca Scott
Martin Sheen .................. Karl Lessing
Vincent Price ................. David Lang
Sian Barbara Allen ............ Shirley Blaine
 A manufacturer (Vera Miles) is suspected of killing a chemist (Martin Sheen) who stole a cosmetics formula.

3.2 [19] Columbo: ANY OLD PORT IN A STORM (2hr. slot)
7-Oct-1973
Produced by Robert F. O'Neill
Teleplay by Stanley Ralph Ross; Story by Larry Cohn
Directed by Leo Penn
Guest Stars:
Donald Pleasence ........ Adrian Carsini
Joyce Jillson ........... Joan Stacey
Gary Conway ............. Ric Carsini
Dana Elcar .............. Falcon
Special Guest Star:
Julie Harris ............ Karen Fielding
 A wine connoisseur (Donald Pleasence) kills his playboy brother (Gary Conway) to prevent his selling the
family winery to expiate his latest scandal.
 
3.3 [20] Columbo: CANDIDATE FOR CRIME (2hr. slot)
04-Nov-1973
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee and Dean Hargrove;  Associate Producer, Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Irving Pearberg, Alvin R. Friedman and Roland Kibbee & Dean Hargrove;
Story by Larry Cohen; Directed by Boris Sagal
Guest Stars:
Jackie Cooper .......... Nelson Hayward
Joanne Linville ........ Victoria Hayward
Tisha Sterling
......... Linda Johnson
 After a political campaign manager is murdered Lt. Columbo starts trailing a senatorial
candidate (Jackie Cooper) and uncovers some nasty facts.

3.4 [21] Columbo: DOUBLE EXPOSURE (90 min slot)
16-Dec-1973
Executive Producers, Roland Kibbee and Dean Hargrove; Associate Producer, Edward K. Dodds
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by Richard Quine
Guest Starring:
Robert Culp ................... Dr. Bart Kepple
Robert Middleton .............. Victor Norris
Chuck McCann .................. Roger White
Louise Latham ................. Mrs. Norris
 In danger of being unmasked, a blackmailer turns killer, framing his victim's wife as prime
suspect. Columbo feels there is more to this than meets the eye.

3.5 [22] Columbo: PUBLISH OR PERISH (90 min slot)
13-Jan-1974
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee and Dean Hargrove; Associate Producer, Edward K. Dodds
Written by Peter S. Fischer
Directed by Robert Butler
Guest Stars:
Jack Cassidy .................. Riley Greenleaf
Mickey Spillane ............... Allen Mallory
Mariette Hartley .............. Eileen McRae
Jacques Aubuchon .............. Jeffrey Neal
John Chandler ................. Eddie Kane
 Synopsis:
When best-selling author Allen Mallory (Mickey Spillane) threatens to move to a rival publisher, Riley Greenleaf
(Jack Cassidy) hires a Vietnam vet to assassinate the writer, while giving himself a foolproof alibi.

3.6 [23] Columbo: MIND OVER MAYHEM (90 min slot)
(c)1974 /10-Feb-1974
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee and Dean Hargrove; Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Steven Bochco and Dean Hargrove & Roland Kibbee; Story by Robert Specht
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Guest Stars:
Jose Ferrer ............ Dr. Marshall Cahill
Lew Ayres .............. Prof. Howard Nicholson
Robert Walker .......... Neil Cahill
Lee H. Montgomery ....... Steve Spelberg
And:
Jessica Walter
......... Margaret Nicholson
 A prodigy (Lee H. Montgomery) and his robot help investigate the murder of a professor (Lew Ayres) who threatened
to disgrace a colleague's (Jose Ferrer) scientist son.

3.7 [24] Columbo: SWAN SONG (2hr. slot)
3-Mar-1974
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee & Dean Hargrove;  Produced by Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by David Rayfiel; Story by Stanley Ralph Ross
Directed by Nicholas Colasanto
Guest Stars:
Johnny Cash
........... Tommy Brown
Ida Lupino ............ Eddna Brown
John Dehner ........... Roland Pangborn
Sorrell Booke ......... J.J. Stringer
Bill McKinney ......... Luke Basket
 A gospel singer (Johnny Cash) kills his evangelist wife (Ida Lupino) when she denies him more money and threatens
blackmail.
Johnny Cash Sings:
"I Saw the Light", "Sunday Morning Comin' Down" (Kris Kristofferson)

3.8 [25] Columbo: A FRIEND IN DEED (2 hr. slot)
(c) 1974 Universal City Studios / 05-Apr-1974
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee & Dean Hargrove; Produced by Edward K. Dodds
Written by Peter S. Fischer
Directed by Ben Gazarra
Guest Stars:
Richard Kiley ......... Deputy Commissioner Mark Halperin
Michael McGuire ....... Hugh Caldwell
Rosemary Murphy ....... Margaret Halperin
Val Avery ............. Artie Jessup
 Synopsis:
A man becomes a suspect when he helps a desperate neighbor who has killed his wife.

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"The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie"
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Eastern (2 hr. time slot)
(rotated with "McCloud", "McMillan and Wife", "Amy Prentiss")

4.1 [26] Columbo: AN EXERCISE IN FATALITY (2hr. slot)
15-Sep-1974
Executive Producers, Roland Kibbee & Dean Hargrove; Produced by Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Peter S. Fischer; Story by Larry Cohen
Directed by Bernard Kowalski
Guest Stars
Robert Conrad ......... Milo Janus
Gretchen Corbett ...... Jessica Conroy
Pat Harrington ........ Buddy Castle
Collin Wilcox ......... Ruth Stafford
 Lt. Columbo investigates fraud and murder involving a shady health club salesman (Robert Conrad)

4.02 [27] Columbo: NEGATIVE REACTION (2hr. slot)
6-Oct-1974
Executive Producers, Roland Kibbee & Dean Hargrove
Produced by Everett Chambers; Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Written by Peter S. Fischer
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Guest Stars:
Dick Van Dyke .......... Paul Galesko
Don Gordon ............. Alvin Deschler
Larry Storch ........... Mr. Weekly
Antoinette Bower ....... Frances Galesko
Joyce Van Patten ....... Sister of Mercy
David Sheiner .......... Ray (Serge San Martin)
Michael Strong ......... Sgt. Hoffman
 Synopsis:
A photographer (Dick Van Dyke) kills his wife (Antoinette Bower) and a
former convict (Don Gordon) after framing him for her kidnapping and murder.

4.03 [28] Columbo: BY DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (2hr. slot)
27-Oct-1974
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee and Dean Hargrove; Produced by Everett Chambers
Written by Howard Berk
Directed by Harvey Hart
Filmed at the Military College of Montana
Guest Stars:
Patrick McGoohan ....... Colonel Lyle C. Rumford
Burr DeBenning ......... Captain Loomis
Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood ... Miss Brady
Tom Simcox ............. William Haynes
 The perfect crime is planned at Haynes Military Acadey, but Columbo has a strategy for capturing the villain.

4.04 [29] Columbo: TROUBLED WATERS (2hr. slot)
9-Feb-1975
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee and Dean Hargrove
Produced by Everett Chambers; Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by William Driskill; Story by Jackson Gillis & William Driskill
Directed by Ben Gazzara
Guest Stars:
Robert Vaughn .......... Hayden Danziger
Jane Greer ............. Sylvia Danziger
Dean Stockwell ......... Lloyd Harrington
Bernard Fox ............ Ship's Purser Preston Watkins
Robert Douglas ......... Ship's Doctor Frank Pierce
Special Guest Star:
Patrick MacNee ......... Ship's Captain Gibbon
Co-Starring:
Poupeť Bocar ........... Rosanna Welles
 Columbo's Mexico cruise is disrupted when an automobile executive (Robert Vaughn) kills his blackmailing lover,
the ship's singer, then frames a musician (Dean Stockwell).

4.05 [30] Columbo: PLAYBACK (90 min slot)
02-Mar-1975
Executive Producers Roland Kibbee and Dean Hargrove
Produced by Everett Chambers; Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Written by David P. Lewis and Booker T. Bradshaw
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Guest Stars:
Oskar Werner ............ Harold Van Wyck
Gena Rowlands ........... Elizabeth Van Wyck
Robert Brown ............ Arthur Midas
Patricia Barry........... Francine
Special Guest Star:
Martha Scott ............ Margaret Midas
 Synopsis:
A man threatened with imminent sacking decides to murder the woman behind it - who just happens to be his mother-in-law.

4.06 [31] Columbo: A DEADLY STATE OF MIND (90 min slot)
27Apr75
Produced by Everett Chamber
Written by Peter S. Fischer
Directed by Harvey Hart
Guest Stars:
George Hamilton ......... Dr. Marcus Collier
Lesley Ann Warren ....... Nadia Donner
Stephen Elliott ......... Karl Donner
Karen Machon ............ Dr. Anita Borden
Bruce Kirby ............. Sergeant Kramer
 A psychiatrist (George Hamilton) romances a wealthy patient (Lesley Ann Warren) then uses her in his alibi after killing
her husband (Stephen Elliott).

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"The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie"
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Eastern (2 hr. time slot)
(rotated with "McCloud", "McMillan and Wife", "McCoy")

5.1 [32] Columbo: FORGOTTEN LADY (2hr slot )
14-Sep-1975
Produced by Everett Chambers
Written by Bill Driskill
Directed by Harvey Hart
Guest Stars:
Janet Leigh ................... Grace Wheeler Wills
Maurice Evans ................. Raymond
Sam Jaffe ..................... Dr. Henry Wills
Special Guest Star:
John Payne .................... Ned Diamond
 Synopsis:
A retired actress/dancer (Janet Leigh) stages her wealthy husband's (Sam Jaffe) suicide after he refuses to
finance her Broadway comeback.

5.2 [33] Columbo: A CASE OF IMMUNITY (90 min slot)
12-Oct-1975
Produced by Everett Chambers; Associate Producer Edward K. Dodds
Teleplay by Lou Shaw / Story by James Menzies
Directed by Ted Post
Guest Stars:
Hector Elizondo ............... First Secretary Hassan Salah
Sal Mineo ..................... Rahmin Habib
Co-Starring: (opening credits)
Kenneth Tobey ................. Police Commissioner
Xenia Gratsos ................. Zena
And:
Barry Robins .................. The King
 Synopsis:
Ruthless traditionalist, Hassan Salah plans to elimintate his greatest opponent's influence on the king and
blame his demise on the protesting Surian students

5.3 [34] Columbo: IDENTITY CRISIS (2hr slot)
Universal (c)1975 / 02-Nov-1975
Produced by Everett Chambers
Written by William Driskill
Directed by Patrick McGoohan
 Guest Stars:
Patrick McGoohan ....... Nelson Brenner
Otis Young ............. Lawrence Melville
Val Avery .............. Louie The Bartender
Special Guest Appearance:
Leslie Nielsen ........ "Geronimo"/A.J. Henderson
Co-Starring: (opening credits)
David White ............ Phil Corrigan (CIA Chief)
Bruce Kirby ............ Sergeant Kramer
Vito Scotti ............ Salvatore Defonte
Barbara Rhoades ........ Joyce
 Synopsis:
Columbo faces a complex murder case that involves a dead spy on the beach, double identities, microfilm and a strange
businessman.

5.4 [35] Columbo: A MATTER OF HONOR (90 min slot)
(c)1975 / 01-Feb-1976
Produced by Everett Chambers
Written by Brad Radnitz
Directed by Ted Post
Guest Stars:
Ricardo Montalban ...... Luis Montoya
Pedro Armendariz, Jr. .. Lieutenant Sanchez
A Martinez ............. Curro Rangel
Jorge Rivero
Emilio Fernandez
Enrique Lucero
Evita Munoz Chachita
 Synopsis:
A retired bullfighter (Ricardo Montalban) credited with saving a young man (A Martinez) from a bull arranges the
death of the boy's father to protect his own reputation.

5.5 [36] Columbo: NOW YOU SEE HIM (90 min slot)
29-Feb-1976
Produced by Everett Chambers; Associate Producer, Edward K. Dodds
Written by Michael Sloan
Directed by Harvey Hart
Guest Stars:
Jack Cassidy .................. The Great Santini
Bob Dishy ..................... Sergeant John J. Wilson
Nehemiah Persoff .............. Jesse T. Jerome
Special Guest Star:
Robert Loggia ................. Harry Blandford
 A magician (Jack Cassidy) claims an airtight alibi -- being sealed in a tank of water -- in the murder of a blackmailing
associate (Nehemiah Persoff)

5.6 [37] Columbo: LAST SALUTE TO THE COMMODORE (2hr. slot)
2-May-1976
Produced by Everett Chambers
Written by Jackson Gillis
Directed by Patrick McGoohan
Guest Stars:
Robert Vaughn ........... Charles Clay
Wilfrid Hyde-White ...... Kittering
John Dehner ............. Commodore Otis Swanson
Dennis Dugan ............ Theodore "Mac" Albinsky
Special Guest Star:
Diane Baker ............. Joanna Clay
Co-Starring: (opening credits)
Bruce Kirby ............. Sergeant George Kramer
Joshua Bryant ........... Wayne Taylor
Susan Foster ............ Lisa
Fred Draper ............. Swanny Swanson
 Lt. Columbo's prime suspect (Robert Vaughn) in the case of a drowned yacht magnate (John Dehner) also turns up dead.

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"The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie"
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Eastern (90 min time slot)
(rotated with "McCloud" and McMillan and Wife")

6.1 [38] Columbo: FADE IN TO MURDER (90 min slot)
10-Oct-1976
Produced by Everett Chambers; Associate Producer Joseph D'Agosta
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Teleplay by Lou Shaw and Peter Feibleman; Story by Henry Garson
music supervision Hal Mooney
Guest Stars:
William Shatner ............... Ward Fowler
Bert Remsen ................... Mark Davis
Alan Mason .................... Sid Daley
Special Guest Star:
Lola Albright ................. Claire Daley
 
6.2 [39] Columbo: OLD FASHIONED MURDER (90 min slot)
28-Nov-1976
Produced by Everett Chambers;  Associate Producer Joseph D'Agosta
Teleplay by Peter S. Feibleman;  Story Lawrence Vail
Directed by Robert Douglas
Guest Stars:
Joyce Van Patten
.............. Ruth Lytton
Jeannie Berlin ................ Janie Brandt
Tim O'Connor .................. Edward Lytton
Special Guest Star:
Celeste Holm .................. Phyllis Brandt
 Synopsis:
The curator (Joyce Van Patten) of a strapped family-owned museum stages a robbery, for insurance, then murders
to hide her crime.

6.3 [40] Columbo: THE BYE-BYE SKY HIGH I.Q. MURDER CASE  (90 min slot)
22-May-1977
Produced by Richard Alan Simmons
Directed by Sam Wanamaker
Written by Robert Malcolm Young
Guest Stars:
Theodore Bikel ................ Oliver Brandt
Sorrell Booke ................. Bertie Hastings
Kenneth Mars .................. Mike Marks
Special Guest Star:
Samantha Eggar ................ Vivian Brandt
Co-Starring:(opening credits)
Basil Hoffman ................. Mr. Danziger
Howard McGillin ............... George Camponella
 An accountant (Theodore Bikel), embezzling to support his wife's (Samantha Eggar) lifestyle, murders his partner
(Sorrell Booke) after the man discovers his crimes.

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Produced by Richard Alan Simmons / Associate Producer Anthony Kiser

7.1 [41] Columbo: TRY AND CATCH ME  (90 min slot)
21-Nov-1977
Produced by Richard Alan Simmons
Teleplay by Gene Thompson and Paul Tuckahoe / Story by Gene Thompson
Directed by James Frawley
Guest Stars:
Ruth Gordon ............. Abigail Mitchell
Mariette Hartley ........ Veronica
G.D. Spradlin ........... Martin Hammond
Charles Frank ........... Edmund Galvin
 Synopsis:
Columbo tries to separate fact from fiction when a crime writer accuses her nephew of killing her husband

7.2 [42] Columbo: MURDER UNDER GLASS (90 min slot)
30-Jan-1978
Produced by Richard Alan Simmons
Written by Robert Van Scoyk
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Guest Stars
Louis Jourdan ................. Paul Gerard
Shera Danese .................. Eve Plummer
Richard Dysart ................ Max Duvall
Mako .......................... Mr. Ozu
Michael V. Gazzo .............. Vittorio Rossi
Larry D. Mann ................. Albert
France Nuyen .................. Mary Choy
Antony Alda ................... Mario Deluca
 A food critic (Louis Jourdan) blackmailing restaurateurs for good reviews poisons a man threatening to expose him.

7.3 [43] Columbo: MAKE ME A PERFECT MURDER (2 hr slot)
25Feb78
Produced by Richard Alan Simmons; Associate Producer Anthony Kiser
Written by Robert Blees
Directed by James Frawley
Guest Stars:
Trish Van Devere ....... Kay Freestone
Laurence Luckinbill .... Mark McAndrews
James McEachin ......... Walter Mearhead
Ron Rifkin ............. Luther
Lainie Kazan ........... Valerie Kirk
Bruce Kirby ............ TV Repairman
Kenneth Gilman ......... Jonathan
Special Guest Star:
Patrick O'Neal ......... Frank Flanagan
 A TV-network executive (Trish Van Devere) murders her boss and lover (Lawrence Luckinbill) when he fails to promote her.

7.4 [44] Columbo: HOW TO DIAL A MURDER (90 min slot)
15Apr78
Produced by Richard Alan Simmons; Associate Producer Anthony Kiser
Teleplay by Tom Lazarus; Story by Anthony Lawrence
Directed by James Frawley
Guest Stars:
Nicol Williamson ........ Dr. Eric Mason
Kim Cattrall ............ Joanne Nichols
Joel Fabiani ............ Dr. Charles Hunter
Frank Aletter ........... Dr. Garrison
Special Guest Star:
Tricia O'Neil ........... Miss Cochrane
 
7.5 [45] Columbo: THE CONSPIRATORS (2hr. slot)
(final episode of the original series)

13-May-1978
Produced by Richard Alan Simmons; Associate Producer Anthony Kiser
Written by Howard Berk; Based on an Idea by Pat Robison
Directed by Leo Penn
Guest Stars:
Clive Revill ............ Joe Devlin
Jeanette Nolan .......... Kate O'Connell
Bernard Behrens ......... George O'Connell
Michael Horton .......... Kerry Malone
Albert Paulsen .......... Vincent Pauley
L.Q. Jones .............. Chuck Jensen
 Synopsis:
An Irish poet (Clive Revill), who fronts a peace organization while secretly a gunrunner, kills an arms dealer
who tries to swindle him.

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"Columbo" takes a 11 Year Hiatus and returns in 1989
Columbo (Revival Series) (1989-2003)

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