Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder” revisited

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).

Fade In to Murder - 1976

Another great Columbo episode (the last of the three in which Timothy appears), directed by the one and only Bernard L. Kowalski.

Video of the Week: “Fade In to Murder”

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!!

Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder” revisited

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).

Fade In to Murder - 1976

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.

Pic of the Day: “Dead Weight” revisited

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).

Dead Weight - 1971

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.

Video of the Week: “Fade In to Murder”

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.

 

Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder” revisited

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.

Fade In to Murder - 1976

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…