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Columbo/The Most Crucial Game

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The Most Crucial Game
Season 2, Episode 3
Airdate November 5, 1972
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
Produced by Dean Hargrove
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The Most Crucial Game is the third episode of the second season of Columbo, and the twelfth episode overall.

Starring: Peter Falk (Lt. Columbo)

Guest Stars: Robert Culp (Paul Hanlon), Dean Jagger (Walter Cunnell), James Gregory (Coach Rizzo), Valerie Harper (Eva Babcock), Susan Howard (Eric's Wife)

Special Guest Star: Dean Stockwell (Eric)

Co-Starring: Val Avery (Ralph Dobbs), Kathryn Kelly Wiget (Miss Johnson)

with Richard Stahl (Mr. Fremont), Don Keefer (Deputy Coroner), Cliff Carnell (Plainclothesman), Joe Renteria (Box Attendant Jimmy), Ivan Naranjo (Sgt. Hernandez, L.A.P.D.)


Plot Overview

Columbo tries to find a hole in the alibi of a football team's General Manager, who went to great lengths to kill the owner of the team and make it appear that he was elsewhere when the crime occurred.


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