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

Overview:
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.
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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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