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    • by Orrymain
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      I’ve always remembered Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows, not because of the actors but because of the story and that it makes use of Universal Studios. In fact, the opening has the soon-to-be murder victim on the tram, riding around seeing the attractions, like Jaws and the burning house. The victim is looking for an old friend; well, I don’t know that you can

      your about-to-be murderer a friend, but anyway, the man is a hot shot film director.

      The unbelievable part comes when the victim just climbs off the back of the tram to follow his old friend once he sees him. First, it’s pretty incredible that he’d spot the guy. Second, it’s not really logical that he could climb out the back without the tram operators knowing.


      • Third, there were a bunch of studio workers around to witness the unusual exit. Surely one of them would have said something.

        Part of the oddness of this story is the musical score. It was more vividly associated with 2001: A Space Odyssey. It lends a loftiness to this drama that is actually amusing.

        Fisher Stevens plays the murderer. He’s a wunderkind, very

        brash and obnoxious. I do get a kick out of the action scenes where movies are being made.

        Nan Martin gets to have some fun in her role as the murderer’s secretary. So often she plays these background characters with little substance, but this one has some meat to it.

        All in all, I like this outing. It’s not great, but it has some fun moments to it.




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