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Columbo/Fade in to Murder

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Fade in to Murder
Season 6, Episode 1
Airdate October 10, 1976
Teleplay by Lou Shaw and
Peter Feibleman
Story by Henry Garson
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Produced by Everett Chambers
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Fade in to Murder is the first episode of the sixth season of Columbo, and the thirty-eighth episode overall.

Starring: Peter Falk (Lt. Columbo)

Guest Stars: William Shatner (Ward Fowler), Bert Remsen (Mark Davis), Alan Manson (Sid Daley)

Special Guest Star: Lola Albright (Claire Daley)

Co-Starring: Danny Dayton (Director), Timothy Agoglia Carey (Tony), Walter Koenig (Sgt. Johnston), J.P. Finnegan (Assistant Director)

with Victor Izay (Conroy), Shera Danese (Molly), Jimmy Joyce (Camera Operator), Frank Emmett Baxter (Walter Gray), Fred Draper (Joseph)


Plot Overview

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.


Arc Advancement





The Show

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? ;)

Memorable Moments