Columbo/Fade in to Murder
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Fade in to Murder is the first episode of the sixth season of Columbo, and the thirty-eighth episode overall.
Guest Starring: Shera Danese (Molly), William Shatner (Ward Fowler), Lola Albright (Claire Daley), Alan Manson (Sid Daley), Bert Remsen (Mark Davis), Walter Koenig (Sgt. Johnston), Fred Draper (Joseph), Frank Baxter (Walter Gray), Victor Izay (Conroy), Danny Dayton (Director), Timothy Carey (Tony), J. P. Finnegan (Assistant Director), Jimmy Joyce (Camera Operator)
A real detective--Columbo--takes on a popular TV detective (Ward Fowler, who plays Inspector Lucerne)...the actor murders a producer with whom he was once involved and makes it look like an armed robbery.
Behind the Scenes
Peter Falk and guest star Shera Danese later married.
Allusions and References
William Shatner portrays actor Ward Fowler in this episode. Fowler is insufferable and constantly makes demands on the producers of his show, where he plays a dogged detective named Inspector Lucerne. Let's see...a character that's a difficult actor playing a determined detective...who could the writers of this episode have based that character on? ;)