Season Four 6 Episodes September 15 1974 to April 27 1975, Information from: The Columbo Phile by Mark Dawidziak
"An Exercise in Fatality" (1974) Season: 4, Episode - 1
Director: Bernard L. Kowalski Written by: Peter S. Fischer Produced by: Edward K. Dodds Originally aired: September 15, 1974 Run Time: 120 (mins) Cast: Peter Falk as LT. Columbo Robert Conrad as Milo Janus Philip Bruns as Gene Stafford Pat Harrington as Buddy Castle Gretchen Corbett as Jessica Conroy Collin Wilcox as Ruth Stafford Jude Farese as Al Murphy Darrell Zwerling as Lewis Lacey Dennis Robertson as Jerry Raymond O'Keefe as SGT. Rickets Victor Izay as Medical Examiner Eric Mason as Fred J.R. Clark as Harry Lassiter Mel Stevens as DR. Freeman Manuel Depina as Photographer Kathleen O'Malley as Nurse Don Nagel as Doberman Susan Jacoby as Woman ( Rose )
Physical fitness expert, Milo Janus, the owner of a string of successful health spas, looking much younger than his fifty-three years. His financial accounts, however are not in such good shape. He has been skimming off the profits and shipping then into European bank accounts. A business associate, Gene Stafford, is close to uncovering the truth about Milo’s creative accounting methods. Working in the office at one of the spas, Gene has promised to follow the trail of corruption to the end. Milo puts up a brave front while he plans to murder gene. He has thought out an ingenious alibi.
Columbo - "Negative Reaction" (1974)
"Negative Reaction" (1974) Season: 4, Episode - 2
Director: Alf Kjellin Written by: Peter S. Fischer Produced by: Everett Chambers Originally aired: October 6, 1974 Run Time: (mins) Cast: Peter Falk as LT. Columbo Dick Van Dyke as Paul Galesko Antoinette Bower as Frances Galesko Don Gordon as Alvin Deschler Joanna Cameron as Lorna McGrath David Sheiner as Ray ( Serge San Martin ) Larry Storch as Mr. Weekly Joyce van Patten as Sister of Mercy Michael Strong as SGT. Hoffman Vito Scotti as Thomas Dolan Alice Backes as Mrs. Mayland Harvey Gold as Harry Lewis Bill Zuckert as Capt. Sampson Adrin Ricard as Dept. of Motor Vehicles Clerk Thom Carney as Manager Tom Signorelli as Doctor John Ashton as Calvin Macgruder Edward Colmans as Minister Irene Tedrow as Mrs. Charleswort Mike Santiago as First Policeman Edward Cross as Second Policeman Plot:
Brilliant photographer Paul Galesko plans to murder his domineering wife, Frances, and pin the crime on an ex-convict named Alvin Deschler. His plan is to make it look as if Alvin kidnapped his wife and killed her before picking up the ransom money.
Columbo - "By Dawn's Early Light" (1974)
"By Dawn's Early Light" (1974) Season: 4, Episode - 3
Director: Harvey Hart Written by: Howard Berk Produced by: Everett Chambers Originally aired: October 27, 1974 Run Time: (mins) Cast: Peter Falk as LT. Columbo Bruce Kirby as Sergeant Kramer Patrick McGoohan as Col. Lyle C. Rumford Tom Simcox as William Haynes Mark Wheeler as Cadet Roy Springer Burr Debenning as Captain Loomis Karen Lamm as Susan Gerard Madelene Sherwood as Miss Brady Sidney Kirby, SR. as SGT. Kramer Sidney Armus as Officer Corso B. Kirby, Jr. as Cadet Morgan Plot:
Colonel Lyle C. Rumford, the strict commandant of the Haynes Military Academy, is appalled to learn that board chairman William Haynes intends to turn the venerable old institution into a coed junior college. The idea is abhorrent to Rumford, who prizes tradition, discipline and duty. He is not about to relinquish his command, even if enrollment is down. The country needs places where boys learn to become men. The impudent Haynes has become the enemy, and the enemy must be removed.
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Columbo - "Troubled Waters" (1975)
"Troubled Waters" (1975) Season: 4, Episode - 4
Director: Ben Gazzara Written by: Jackson Gillis, William Driskill Produced by: Everett Chambers Originally aired: February 9, 1975 Run Time: (mins) Cast: Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo Poupee Bocar as Rosanna Wells Jane Greer as Sylvia Danziger Patrick Macnee as Captain Gibbon Dean Stockwell as Lloyd Harrington Robert Vaughn as Hayden Danziger Bernard Fax as Purser Preston Watkins Robert Douglas as Doctor Frank Pierce Susan Damante as Melissa Peter Maloney as Artie Podell Curtis Credel as The Magician Plot:
Lieutenant Columbo and his wife are taking a cruise to Mexico. Mrs. Columbo won the trip in a raffle for the Holy Name Society. Also aboard is auto executive Hayden Danziger, a man cruising in a murderous direction. Hayden is being blackmailed by Rosanna Wells, the featured vocalist on the cruise. If her demands aren’t met, she’ll reveal the details of their affair to his wife, Silvia. Hayden plans to shoot Rosanna and frame Lloyd harrington, the band pianist she recently dumped.
"Playback" (1975) Season: 4, Episode - 5
Director: Bernard L. Kowalski Written by: David Lewis, Booker Bradshaw Produced by: Everett Chambers Originally aired: March 2, 1975 Run Time: 90 (mins) Cast: Peter Falk as LT. Columbo Guest Starring Oskar Werner as Harold van Wyck Gena Rowlands as Elizabeth van Wyck Robert Brown as Arthur Midas Patricia Barry as Francine Martha Scott as Margaret Midas Herb Jr Jefferson as Baxter Trisha Noble as Marcy Bart Burns as Thompson Steven Marlo as Policeman Joe O'Har as Attendant
Electronics genius Harold van Wyck married into wealth and power. But the high-living inventor has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars pursuing extravagant experiments, and he’s about to be ousted as head of the family owned Midas Electronics, The only thing that has kept Harold’s iron-willed mother-in-law, Margaret Midas, from firing him before is her devotion to Elizabeth, her sheltered invalid daughter. Elizabeth refuses to think or hear ill of her husband, Harold. This time however, Margaret is holding the trump card. She hired a detective who discovered and documented the details of Harold’s philandering ways. Knowing he is trapped, Harold has devised an elaborate scheme to prevent the imminent purge.
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Columbo - "A Deadly State of Mind" (1975)
"A Deadly State of Mind" (1975) Season: 4, Episode - 6
Director: Harvey Hart Written by: Peter S. Fischer Produced by: Everett Chambers Originally aired: April 27,, 1975 Run Time: 92 (mins) Cast: Peter Falk as LT. Columbo George Hamilton as Dr. Marcus Collier Lesley Ann Warren as Nadia Donner Stephen Elliott as Karl Donner Karen Machon as Dr. Anita Borden Bruce Kirby as Sergeant Kramer William Wintersole as Dr. Hunt Ryan MacDonald as Charles Whelan Jack Manning as Daniel Morris Fred Draper as David Morris Glorie Kaufman as Brenda Redmond Gleeson as Arnold Vance Davis as Officer Hendryx Danny Wells as Gary Keppler Morris Buchanan as Lab Man Kathy Speirs as Second Receptionist Plot:
The head of the Institute of Behavioral Studies, a university research project, dashing psychiatrist Dr. Marcus Collier is romancing his very beautiful. Very wealthy and very married patient, Nadia Donner. He’s also regularly hypnotizing her and using the revelations for a book that he hopes will be a successful follow-up to his best seller. But Nadia’s husband, powerful and imperious business Karl Donner, has learned about the affair. A trustee of the university, he’s threatening to expose and ruin Mark.
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