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 »




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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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Columbo: A Bird in the Hand... (1992), this was Tyne Daly's second appearance on the series. 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 »


Geraldine Ferguson: What's your real name?
Columbo: Lieutenant Columbo.
Geraldine Ferguson: Your first name.
Columbo: Lieutenant.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


This Old Man
Traditional children's song
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Columbo or Mike Hammer?
20 November 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I was astonished to watch such a Columbo episode, so different from all the others. And since the beginning of the whole show, which I have seen every episode, I have often seen some elements different from the usual and recurrent schemes: for instance Columbo appears before the crime is committed: a crime committed by two persons; Columbo lets the murderer gets away; even one episode when there is no murder but only a disappearance... But here, there is a real mystery scheme, the audience doesn't see the murder occurring, a mystery scheme as we could see in any other mystery crime scheme. Columbo doesn't look like Columbo, different outfit, he carries a gun and handles it, he receives a hit in the face, he kisses a gal - Tyne Daly - on the mouth...

That's totally different, but after all why not?

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