Columbo (1971–2003)
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Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 25 March 1973
A smarmy TV chef and his identical twin brother, a rigidly proper banker, are suspects in the electrocution of their rich uncle.


Robert Butler


Steven Bochco (teleplay by), Jackson Gillis (story by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Martin Landau ... Dexter Paris / Norman Paris
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Peck
Tim O'Connor ... Michael Hatheway
Julie Newmar ... Lisa Chambers
Paul Stewart ... Clifford Paris
Dabney Coleman ... Detective Murray
Kate Hawley Kate Hawley ... Mrs. Johnson
Michael Richardson ... Young Lawyer
Robert Rothwell ... 2nd Detective
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Older Lawyer
Tony Cristino Tony Cristino ... Stickman


Flamboyant television chef Dexter Paris and his twin brother, Norman, a conservative banker, are supposedly not talking to one another. But both disapprove of their wealthy uncle Clifford's impending marriage to a young woman. One of them enters Clifford's bathroom and drops an electric mixer with a frayed power cable into Clifford's bath water. Clifford is electrocuted, and the murderer takes Clifford's body to an exercise room to make it appear that Clifford died of a coronary. But Lieutenant Columbo, the infallible, cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, suspects foul play and believes that the Paris twins, both heirs to their uncle's estate provided he didn't marry, had a motive for murder. But which one did the deed? Columbo pursues both with incessant questions as he tries to determine which of the two brothers killed their uncle Clifford. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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25 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Doppelter Schlag See more »

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Did You Know?


One of the very few "Columbo" cases where the viewer does not know the identity of the killer until Columbo reveals it at the conclusion. See more »


Mid-episode, Ms. Peck states that the television was off for 20 seconds. However, in the "reveal" scene at the end of the episode, Columbo states the TV was off for 15 seconds. See more »


Norman Paris: You got the Degas. I got the Picassos.
Dexter Paris: [Derisively] Norman, you couldn't tell Picasso from a Rorhshach test!
Norman Paris: Can anyone? I know very much what they're worth.
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Landau shines
11 June 2010 | by stones78See all my reviews

Martin Landau stars as both Dexter and Norman Paris, 2 twins who murder their wealthy uncle Clifford(not the big red dog)for his estate inheritance; we've seen this motive a million times before and since, but I digress. There's some recognizable faces such as Jeanette Nolan, who's scenes with Columbo are hilarious, and there's also Julie Newmar, and a few scenes with a young Dabney Coleman. The real memorable performance is supplied by Landau, who plays both brothers differently, but memorable though. One is a flamboyant TV cooking host, and the other is a rigid banker who has a gambling problem, but both are quirky. Look for another fun scene when Columbo is a guest on a live show, and seems quite at home on stage.

As is the case with many episodes, the killer(s)seem(s)overly confident around Columbo, yet they practically admit guilt when questioned at the conclusion of any show. That being said, I still enjoyed this segment of Columbo as it's fun and doesn't take itself too seriously.

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