Ending the week is another look at Tony, the frustrated actor/deli owner of the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder.” We first met Tony on October 10, 1976. Here he is being held up as part of an elaborate murder plan by arrogant TV star Ward Fowler (William Shatner).
Another great Columbo episode (the last of the three in which Timothy appears), directed by the one and only Bernard L. Kowalski.
Our last video of the year is a full-length Columbo episode! It’s “Fade In to Murder,” first broadcast on October 10, 1976. It was the last of the three episodes of that well-loved detective series in which Timothy appears. Also on hand are William Shatner, Lola Albright, and of course, series star Peter Falk. Tim first appears at about the 9:55 mark.
Several folks have uploaded a bunch of Columbo episodes to YouTube, of varying frustrating quality. This is the best one I could find. Enjoy, and happy New Year, everyone!!
We wrap up the week with another look at Tony, the deli owner/frustrated actor of the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder”. It first graced television screens across the nation on October 10, 1976. Poor Tony is merely a pawn in the elaborate plan set in motion by arrogant TV star Ward Fowler (William Shatner, in the puffy blue jacket) to silence his former lover, producer Clare Daley (Lola Albright).
Timothy and Shatner had worked together previously in the Gunsmoke episode “Quaker Girl” (12.10.66). I’d dearly love the chance to ask him if he has any memories of working with fellow scene-stealer Tim.
We wrap up the work week with another look at Bert, affable owner of Bert’s Diner and creator of Lt. Columbo’s (Peter Falk) favorite chili. The Columbo episode “Dead Weight,” first airing on October 27, 1971, was Bert’s second and final appearance in the series. Timothy himself appeared on the show one more time, in “Fade In to Murder” (10.10.76).
Directing “Dead Weight” was Jack Smight, an old friend and college chum of Tim’s Bayou (1957) co-star Peter Graves. He became a successful television and feature film director, helming such notable films as Harper (1966), The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968) (both with Paul Newman), and The Illustrated Man (1969) with Rod Steiger.
This week’s video gives us some highlights from the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder,” first airing on October 10, 1976. Deli owner Tony is encouraging his friend Clare (Lola Albright) to think outside the box and try a different sandwich for once. Unfortunately, fate intervenes in the form of disgruntled TV star Ward Fowler (William Shatner).
Many thanks to friend of the blog James M. Tate for posting the video! This was the last of Timothy’s three appearances on Columbo.
Today’s pic is another from the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder,” first broadcast on October 10, 1976. Timothy is sandwich slinger Tony, injured in a hold-up whose real objective was the murder of his TV producer friend Clare (Lola Albright). Here he begs Columbo (Peter Falk) to catch the killer.
Falk was also a good friend of John Cassavetes, and Cassavetes himself ended up on an episode of Columbo (“Etude in Black,” 9.17.72). Timothy made a total of three appearances on the show, each time playing the owner of an eating establishment. I wonder if that was just a coincidence…
Today’s pic takes another look at Matty Trifon, the glove-wearing, chicken-loving mobster of “He’ll Never See Daylight,” the inaugural episode of Baretta that first aired on January 17, 1975. Matty is in a somber mood as takes a phone call from his boss Frank Cassell (Joseph Mascolo) to discuss that pest Baretta (Robert Blake).
Television legend Bernard L. Kowalski directed this episode. He also directed Timothy in the Rawhide episode “The Book” (1.8.1965), the Gunsmoke episode “Quaker Girl” (12.10.1966), the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder” (10.10.1976), and the TV movie Nightside (1980). I’m guessing he had a few tales to tell about working with Tim! I wish I could have had a chance to talk to him before he passed away in 2007.
Today’s pic is another from the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder,” first airing on October 10, 1976. Sandwich slinger (and apparent frustrated actor) Tony is waxing eloquent, but his television producer friend Clare Daley (Lola Albright) is having none of it. “You’re always auditioning for me, Tony!” she declares exasperatedly. All she wants is her sandwich – which unfortunately she does not get.
Albright enjoyed a long career in Hollywood as a talented, sexy blonde star and a sultry singer, most notably on the Peter Gunn television crime drama. She appeared in many of the same TV series that Tim did, including Racket Squad, Gunsmoke, Rawhide and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Her last television role, like Tim’s, was on Airwolf. She is now enjoying retirement in California.
Our pic of the day takes another look at Tim’s appearance with today’s birthday boy William Shatner in the Gunsmoke episode “Quaker Girl,” first airing on December 10, 1966. He got ample time to push Shatner around in this episode, which unfortunately he did not get ten years later when they both were featured in the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder.”
The Shat is 81 years old today. Many happy returns of the day!