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Season 4, Episode 5
Airdate March 2, 1975
Production Number
Writer(s) David Lewis,
Booker Bradshaw
Director(s) Bernard L. Kowalski
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Playback is the fifth episode of the fourth season of Columbo, and the thirtieth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Trisha Noble (Marcy), Oskar Werner (Harold van Wyck), Gena Rowlands (Elizabeth van Wyck), Robert Brown (Arthur Midas), Patricia Barry (Francine), Martha Scott (Margaret Midas), Herbert Jefferson, Jr. (Baxter), Bart Burns (Thompson), Steven Marlo (Policeman), Joe O'Hara (Attendant)


Plot Overview

Columbo matches wits with an electronic genius who kills his overbearing mother-in-law and uses his skills with closed-circuit cameras to try and set up an alibi.


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The Show

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Allusions and References

Memorable Moments