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Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man

When a ruthless lawyer discovers that her elderly husband will no longer bend to her will, she shoots him, makes it appear that he's been kidnapped, delivers a ransom, and lets the authorities eventually recover his body. Only Columbo realizes what's she's up to, and enlists the woman's stepdaughter to help him prove his case.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Monday March 01st, 1971
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

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Guest Stars
Lee GrantLee Grant
As Leslie Williams
John FinkJohn Fink
As Michael Clarke
Harold GouldHarold Gould
As Mr. Carlson
Patricia MattickPatricia Mattick
As Margaret Williams

Co-Guest Stars
Charles MacaulayCharles Macaulay
As Richard
Timothy CareyTimothy Carey
As Bert
Paul CarrPaul Carr
As Hammond
Jed AllanJed Allan
As Phil
Hank BrandtHank Brandt
As Attorney (as Henry Brandt)
Richard RoatRichard Roat
As Perkins
Harlan WardeHarlan Warde
As Paul Williams
Bill Walker (1)Bill Walker (1)
As Crowell
Lisa MooreLisa Moore
As Nancy
Lois BattleLois Battle
As Waitress
Main Cast
Peter FalkPeter Falk
As Lieutenant Columbo
Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRichard Irving
ProducerDean Hargrove
MusicBilly Goldenberg
Set DecoratorBert F. Allan
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorJohn J. Lloyd
Film EditorEdward M. Abroms
SoundRobert R. Bertrand
Assistant DirectorGeorge Bisk
Unit ManagerDonald L. Gold
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Warning: Columbo season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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