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Columbo: Short Fuse

A scheming nephew, Roger Stanford, engineers the explosive death of his uncle, the owner of a chemical company, to prevent him from selling the family business and removing Roger from the business.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Wednesday January 19th, 1972

Special Guest Stars
William WindomWilliam Windom
As Everett Logan

Guest Stars
Anne FrancisAnne Francis
As Betty Bishop
James GregoryJames Gregory
As David Buckner
Ida LupinoIda Lupino
As Doris Buckner
Roddy McDowallRoddy McDowall
As Roger Stanford

Co-Guest Stars
Stuart NisbetStuart Nisbet
As Pinstripe
Steve GraversSteve Gravers
As Sergeant
Lawrence CookLawrence Cook
As Murphy
Lew BrownLew Brown
As Farrell
Jason WingreenJason Wingreen
As Policeman
Eddie QuillanEddie Quillan
As Ferguson
Jim NeumarkerJim Neumarker
As Plainclothesman
Main Cast
Peter FalkPeter Falk
As Lieutenant Columbo


Chemist and photographer Roger Stanford is working in his darkroom and carefully prepares a volatile explosive mix and puts it in metal cigar tubes, and then wires them to the cigar box case. He then goes to see his uncle, David Buckner, at the chemical plant that he owns. He starts spraying Silly String around at the staff and claiming that he's protesting. They take it away from him as David's secretary, Betty Bishop, comes to usher him in. Inside the office, Betty worries that he might be developing the pictures he took of her. As he goes in, he notices that David's luggage is there, and Betty tells him that David is leaving a day early for his cabin in the woods. He points out that a box of cigars is missing. When Betty goes to get them from a cabinet, Roger takes away some of the cigars there...

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Episode Notes
Original title: "Formula for Murder"

Although Roger Stanford is apparently supposed to be in his 20s, Roddy McDowall was 44 at the time this episode was made.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRichard Levinson  |  William Link
ProducerWilliam Link  |  Richard Levinson
Associate ProducerRobert F. O'Neill
MusicGil Melle
Set DecoratorCharles S. Thompson
Director of PhotographyHarry L. Wolf
Story EditorSteven Bochco
Art DirectorArchie J. Bacon
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorJohn Kaufman Jr.
SoundMelvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.
Unit ManagerHenry Kline
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
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