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  • It wasn't a problem for him to play this cocky character
  • However, the two appearances I like the most are the ones by Don S

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      The story is average, a tale of a wealthy family with a black sheep who gets into gambling over his head. Then to get access to money to save his neck, the black sheep chops off the head of the family patriarch. This brings out Lieutenant Columbo and his raincoat. So, the original setup is nothing special, but that’s how it is for the movie, A Bird in the Hand.

      However, what is different is that the original setup doesn’t happen as the black sheep intended. Murder happens, but it’s not how it was


      planned. The does lend a touch of the surprise. It may be the first time in the series history that Columbo saw a murder happen with the viewers.

      Steve Forrest has the brief appearance as the head of the family who isn’t long for the Earth. He’s tall and strong and perfect for the role. Greg Evigan, back when he had the long hair, played the black sheep. It wasn’t a problem for him to play this cocky character.

      Tyne Daly is the drunken widow with motives of her own, and the black sheep ...


      • isn’t fond of them, but what can he do? She has a hold on him he hadn’t anticipated. Not only that, she’s not as vulnerable as he had hoped.

        However, the two appearances I like the most are the ones by Don S. Davis and Michael Gregory. Davis plays the lawyer and general manager for Forrest and his football team. I’ve met the man, and he was a sweetheart, so he gets my attention when he shows up on screen. He took acting seriously, and he always delivers. Gregory’s part began early

        on as he’s the one the black sheep owes a mint to. He’s long been an actor I’ve taken note of. I met him once, too, and he used to be on General Hospital. I always regretted his departure.

        So, while the story begins average, it does take a couple of twists that keep it going, especially the unexpected one about two-thirds of the way through. It brings on a surprise that alters the direction of the show a tad. The acting is very good all the way through, making the show pretty entertaining.




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