Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Goes to College 

Two college students decide to murder their professor during a class that Columbo is teaching.


E.W. Swackhamer (as E. W. Swackhamer)


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 3 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Stephen Caffrey ... Justin Rowe
Gary Hershberger ... Cooper Redman
James Sutorius ... Prof. D.E. Rusk
William Lucking ... Dominic Doyle
Katherine Cannon ... June Clark
Alan Fudge ... Mr. Redman
Maree Cheatham ... Mrs. Rowe
Bridget Hanley ... Mrs. Rusk
Jim Antonio ... Joe Doyle
Steven Gilborn ... George
Guy Stockwell ... Club Owner
Robert Culp ... Jordan Rowe
Les Lannom ... Malloy
Elizabeth Swackhamer Elizabeth Swackhamer ... Sara




Two college students who believe that their wealth and status allow them to do what they want. But one of them has been placed on notice by his father that if he messes up he's on his own. And they cheat in one of their classes. The professor discovers what they did. And he tells them that he will either flunk them or have them expelled. They later follow him and see him with someone. That's when they decide to kill him. They decide to do it during their next class wherein Columbo is teaching. And they do it despite being in the class when it happened. Columbo investigates and the two guys would like to help. Written by

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This was Robert Culp's fourth and final appearance in "Columbo", but the only time he did not play the murderer. See more »


Shortly before the murder the clock on the auditorium wall and Rowe's wristwatch display different times. See more »


Jordan Rowe: I understand you wanted to talk to me about Professor Rusk.
Lt. Columbo: Well, actually, it was your son that suggested it, sir.
Jordan Rowe: Yes. More specifically, about his books.
Lt. Columbo: That could've been what your son had in mind, sir.
Jordan Rowe: You're not sure?
Lt. Columbo: About what your son had in mind? No, sir, I'm not.
Jordan Rowe: Have you read his book?
Lt. Columbo: I didn't know he wrote books, sir.
Jordan Rowe: You're investigating the murder of Professor Rusk, and you're unaware that the man wrote a series of highly incendiary profiles exposing major crime figures in the ...
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Poor Rich Boy
(uncredited) (opening title)
Written by Burt Bacharach, David Pack, Joe Puerta
Performed by Ambrosia
Produced by Val Garay, assisted by Niko Bolas at Record One
Drums: Burleigh Drummond
Bass: Joe Puerta
Keyboards: Christopher North and David Lewis
Background vocals and guitar: David Pack
Background vocals and percussion: Royce Jones
(from Arthur (1981) The Album")
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An enjoyable murder mystery
20 November 1999 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

Not one of the strongest of the Columbo movies, but still pretty entertaining. There seem to be some echoes of "Compulsion"(1959) in the plot conceit of two college boy murderers who start insinuating themselves into the police investigation of the killing of their law professor, both to divert attention from themselves and to keep abreast of how much the police are finding out. But in this case, they are up against a much wilier opponent in Lt. Columbo, and their excessive self-confidence and politely suppressed scorn for the rumpled detective eventually lead them into a trap. Despite the fact that the murder plot hinges a little too much on fancy technology to be really plausible (could anyone really work out such a complicated conspiracy, requiring careful timing and gadgetry in just 24 hours?) it is still enjoyable to watch Columbo play the buffoon, lulling the culprits into complacency, and then proceed to wipe the smirks off their faces in the final revelation scene.

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9 December 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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