Murder by the Book
Columbo Season 1

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Looking more like a unmade bed than one of the world's greatest homicide detectives, Lt. Columbo is still the best man to solve the mysterious death of a popular mystery writer. Though he quickly finds the culprit, the killer has devised airtight alibis and Columbo must use all of his considerable faculties to trick him into a confession. Steven Spielberg's direction coupled with Steven Bochco's deft writing and Peter Falk's flawless portrayal of the laid-back gumshoe, makes "Murder by the Book" one of the series' finest episodes.


Peter Falk
as Lt. Columbo
Jack Cassidy
as Ken Franklin
Martin Milner
as Jim Ferris
Rosemary Forsyth
as Joanna Ferris
Barbara Colby
as Lily LaSanka
Lynette Mettey
as Gloria
Bernie Kuby
as Mike Tucker
Hoke Howell
as Sergeant
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