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.

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…

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

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.

Fade In to Murder - 1976

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.

Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder”

In honor once again of the late great Peter Falk, our pic today is from the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder,” which first appeared on October 10, 1976. Tim, as deli owner Tony, is imploring Columbo to find the man who murdered his friend Claire (Lola Albright). Tim was directed once again by Bernard Kowalski.

Fade In to Murder

Tim appeared in two other Columbo episodes in the early 70s, as diner owner Bert. You could always get a good bowl of chili from Bert.