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  • The problem is that one was entertaining and the other turned me off big time
  • Unfortunately, it's the latter that is part of By Dawn's Early Light, a fourth season episode

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      In the day of Columbo on television, there were two British Patricks who were quite respected and who did a lot of TV work. They were frequently seen, and both did appearances on Columbo. The problem is that one was entertaining and the other turned me off big time. Unfortunately, it’s the latter that is part of

      By Dawn’s Early Light, a fourth season episode.

      Patrick McGoohan, a cult icon with his The Prisoner science fiction series, plays Colonel Lyle C. Rumford, who heads up a military academy. When a murder is committed, Columbo, played by Peter Falk, actually goes to the academy and stays there. Some of the show’s best moments are watching him adapt ...


      • to the strict life that a cadet there lives, like getting up at first light every morning. He’s really mumbling there, and that does make me chuckle.

        There are couple of notable guest stars who help, a tad, to spruce up the show. Madeline Sherwood and Burr DeBenning both add some zest, but they could do only so much

        with most of the focus on McGoohan.

        Towards the end, there is a bit that makes me shudder, only in that it is reminiscent of The Caine Mutiny. Yes, there’s a food theft. Well, this one is a beverage theft, cider to be exact. It becomes a crucial part of Columbo’s resolution.

        Watch it once, then forget about it.




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