For those Columbo fans among us, today -- Saturday -- the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel has an all-day marathon, on now until midnight West Coast time.
At the moment, they have the episode with Theodore Bikel as the Mensa-like genius who kills his accounting business partner -- and the scene on as I type this has a snarky waitress giving Columbo a hard time, until he finally orders something ("I can come back," she snaps), which ends up being a doughnut, displeasing her all the more. It's a day-player role, played by very young Jamie Lee Curtis.
By the way, at 3 PM on the West Coast (I don't know how the schedule works out in other time zones), the episode is a good one with the murderer played by Jack Cassidy as a mystery writer. It's directed by an up-and-coming fellow named Steven Spielberg.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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