icon Film Profile: Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man - (1971)
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  • Director: Richard Irving
  • Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Television,
  • Studio: Unspecified
  • Subtitled | Duration: 95 Mins

Four years after he first played Lieutenant Columbo in the TV movie Prescription Murder, Peter Falk reprised the role in this pilot for the long-running TV series. Based on a story by William Link and Richard Levinson, who created the original character, the tale sees the perceptive detective on the trail of a lawyer who has passed off her rich husband's murder as a kidnap plot. Lee Grant was rewarded with an Emmy nomination for her bravura performance as the lawyer, and Falk is typically sly as he seemingly stumbles towards the solution.
Cast List:
Lieutenant Columbo : Peter Falk
Leslie Williams : Lee Grant
Michael Clarke : John Fink
Carlson : Harold Gould
Margaret Williams : Patricia Mattick
Hammond : Paul Carr
Phil : Jed Allen
Richard : Charles Macaulay
Pat : Jeane Byron
Perkins : Richard Roat
Celia : Norma Connolly
Paul Williams : Harlan Warde

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