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  • The best part of this episode really is how Hanlon committed the murder

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      Columbo: The Most Crucial Game is the second appearance of Robert Culp on the series. Culp played these villains with mastery. This time he’s Paul Hanlon, the right hand man for a football team, and he sets up a great alibi. Of course, there’s always one mistake, and it’s up to Columbo (Peter Falk) to find it.

      This is just a fun


      one to watch, though. He magnificently sets himself up in his box right before kickoff time. He makes an obnoxious phone call to the coach, making all kinds of play demands, and all the while he’s changing into a vendor’s uniform. As the National Anthem plays, he walks out and hops into an ice cream truck.

      James Gregory also returns for his second ...


      • go around on the show. He plays the coach, who is none too happy about Hanlon’s interference. The team owner, Eric Wagner, is portrayed by Dean Stockwell, with Susan Howard playing Mrs. Wagner. Eric is the victim, so he’s only on for a quick couple of scenes at the beginning. Also appearing are Dean Jagger as Walter Cunnell and Valerie Harper
        as Eve Babcock.

        The best part of this episode really is how Hanlon committed the murder. It’s an intriguing setup that stands out in my mind. It keeps me watching this show, even in repeats. The second best bit is watching Columbo interview call girl Harper. It’s full of fire, in all the right ways.

        So, good show all the way around.




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