Columbo (1971–2003)
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Strange Bedfellows 

When Graham McVeigh kills his brother and frames a mob bookie for the crime and then kills the bookie and claims self-defense. He finds himself facing trouble from both Columbo and the bookie's superior in the mob.


Vincent McEveety


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
George Wendt ... Graham McVeigh
Jeff Yagher ... Teddy McVeigh
Jay Acovone ... Bruno Romano
Linda Gehringer ... Lorraine Buchinsky
Bruce Kirby ... Sgt. Phil Brindle
Don Calfa ... Rudy
William Bogert ... Randall Thurston
Shani Wallis ... Gwen
John Finnegan ... Barney
Rod Steiger ... Vincenzo Fortelli
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Pat O'Connor
Justin Lord ... Lt. Albert Schiffer
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Pawnbroker
Karen Mayo-Chandler Karen Mayo-Chandler ... Tiffany Keene


Graham McVeigh has had it with his ne'er-do-well brother Teddy who is a degenerate gambler and is in serious debt to his bookie Bruno Romano. He develops an elaborate plan to eliminate both of them by first having Teddy suffer a large loss at the track - Graham drugs his own horse, a sure winner, so it loses - and then framing Bruno for his Teddy's murder. He then arranges for Bruno to come to his house, ostensibly to collect Teddy's losses. He then kills Bruno and claims self defense. Lt. Colombo begins to find a number of anomalies that he simply cannot explained including mice in a restaurant bathroom. He's pretty certain Graham is responsible for both murders but he will need some assistance in order to get a confession out of him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une étrange association See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening pawn shop scene, the pawn shop owner states emphatically that the gun he gives the murderer has never been fired. All firearms are test fired at the factory before they're shipped. This is especially true of Colt firearms, as they keep a record of the test firing at the factory. See more »


When Columbo was brought to the mob boss, the boss started speaking to him in Italian. Columbo didn't understand Italian to the mob boss' surprise, since he has an Italian surname. In "Death Hits the Jackpot", however, Columbo spoke Italian fluently at the funeral. See more »


Lieutenant Columbo: Oh sir, just one more thing.
Graham McVeigh: No, Lieutenant, there is no "just one more thing." Goodbye!
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Torna a Surriento (Return to Sorrento)
Composed by Ernesto De Curtis
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2 February 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Fun, but average, "Columbo" TV sequel having the notorious Lieutenant returning to the screen tracing down a man (George Wendt) who kills someone (big surprise!).

I saw it on TV. Not bad, not great, somewhere around the "good" area. Worth watching if you've got nothing better to do. Columbo IS getting a bit old, but then has been since the first film.

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