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  • These are the best face offs Columbo has ever had, but they are fun

    • by Orrymain

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      There were only three more movies for Columbo after 1997’s A Trace of Murder in which Peter Falk’s wife, Shera Danese, again received first billing of the guest stars. She’s Cathleen Calvert, the wife of a rich man and the dependent of a strong pre-nuptial agreement. To get out of her predicament, she and her lover, played by David Rasche, set out to

      kill one man and arrange for Clifford, the husband, to take the fall. Hence, getting him out of the way and giving her access to the money.

      Barry Corbin is perfect as the flamboyant Clifford, a cowboy of sorts. He’s played these types a lot. As for Danese, she’s actually not bad, but there’s nothing unique about her character. She’s played a ...

      • lot of these type of women on this show before. Her characters never have a twist to them and it’s always about love and/or money.

        What is neat about A Trace of Murder is how Columbo manipulates the events towards the end. It really shows how fallible people are. Trust doesn’t go very far, especially where crime is concerned. This ending isn’t novel

        exactly, but it is entertaining to a degree.

        The scenes between Columbo and Cathleen’s lover are good, too. The man is quite confident that Columbo is witless, so that sets up some decent moments. These are the best face offs Columbo has ever had, but they are fun.

        All in all, A Trace of Murder is adequate entertainment for an evening, though it’s nothing groundbreaking.

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