Columbo: Murder By The Book

Created on December 17th, 2006

Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971)

Columbo Episode #3
Original Air Date: Sept 15, 1971

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Created and Produced: by William Levinson and William Link
Written By: Steven Bocho
Story Editor: Steven Bocho

Starring:
Peter Falk as Columbo
Jack Cassidy as Ken Franklin (Murderer)
Martin Milner as Jim Ferris (Victim)
Barbara Colby as Lily La Sanka (Victim # 2)

Synopsis of Murder by the Book

One partner (Martin Milner) of a two person mystery bookwriting team wants to go it alone. The other partner (Jack Cassidy) is only sponging off of the work of his partner so he takes out a large life insurance policy, and then does him in. He tries to build an alibi taking his partner with him to his lake vacation home, having the partner call home and say he’s still at the office before killing him. The trouble is, the community store owner is a witness to Jim Ferris being at the lake with him, and she too becomes a victim.

Cast of Murder by the Book

Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo
Jack Cassidy as Ken Franklin [Murderer]
Martin Milner as Jim Ferris [Victim]
Barbara Colby as Lily La Sanka [Country Store Owner and Victim # 2]
Lynnett Mettey as Gloria Jr
Bernie Tucker as Mick Tucker
Hoke Howell as Sergeant
Marcia Wallace as Woman
Haven Earle Haley as 2nd Reporter

Associate Producer: Robert F. O’Neill

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