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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



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Special Guest Stars
William Windom
As Everett Logan
Recurring

Guest Stars
Anne Francis
As Betty Bishop
Recurring
James Gregory
As David Buckner
Recurring
Ida Lupino
As Doris Buckner
Recurring
Roddy McDowall
As Roger Stanford

Co-Guest Stars
Stuart Nisbet
As Pinstripe
Recurring
Steve Gravers
As Sergeant
Lawrence Cook
As Murphy
Lew Brown
As Farrell
Jason Wingreen
As Policeman
Eddie Quillan
As Ferguson
Jim Neumarker
As Plainclothesman
Main Cast
Peter Falk
As Lieutenant Columbo

Recap

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
 
Warning: Columbo season 1 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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