Publish or Perish

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 1/18/74
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  • Episode Description
  • A publisher hires a Vietnam vet to kill his star author, and thus give himself an alibi before the writer can defect to another publisher.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Falk

    Lieutenant Columbo (no first name)

  • Peter S. Fischer

  • Robert Butler

  • Jack Cassidy

    Riley Greenleaf

  • Mickey Spillane

    Allen Mallory

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Jack Cassidy is back for Round 2

    By jamoon2006, Feb 28, 2007

  • Spoilers

    By LAntichristo, Jul 23, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Columbo: In this synopsis which you gave me which you claim Eddie Kane wrote nine months ago, the hero saves his men and he goes off to live in a monastery. I hate to tell you this, sir. There is no way that Eddie Kane could have had that idea. It wasn't even Allen Mallory's. It was given to him by his agent Miss McRae. And for the life of me I cannot figure out how Eddie Kane could have written an ending nine months ago that was only invented last week.

    • Columbo: For $100,000 you don't kill off Rock Hudson.

    • Columbo: He's involving you in murder. Was that part of the deal?

    • (Waiter hands Columbo a check) Columbo: $6.00? Excuse me, uh, no, I think there's a mistake. I had the chili and the iced tea. Waiter: Oh. (adjusts figure) Columbo: $6.75?! Waiter: I forgot the iced tea.

    • Eddie Kane: Oh hey, I made some drawings today for a chapter on Bouncing Betties. You did find them? Greenleaf: What's a Bouncing Betty? Eddie Kane: Antipersonnel mine. You gotta really plant these things just right. Now you see, you lay it down six inches, no more, and you leave the pressure plate with just about a half inch of dirt and leaves and the guy steps on it. Whammo! You get the legs! It's beautiful. Greenleaf: (looking at Kane like he's nuts) Oh yeah, that's, that's beautiful.

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    Notes (3)

    • 72 minutes long.

    • The apartment above the garage where Eddie Kane lived, was also used as Don Knott's residence in the 1971 movie, How to Frame a Figg.

    • 90 minutes long.

    Trivia (1)

    • Columbo is suggesting to publisher Riley Greenleaf (Jack Cassidy) that he might try his hand at writing. He refers to "a guy down at the department, -wrote a couple o' books, -maybe you heard o' him, -what's his name?". This reference, of course, is to Joseph Wambaugh, who by the time this episode was shot had written the novels "The New Centurions" and "The Blue Knight". Wambaugh would go on to write many more novels, including "The Choirboys" and "The Onion Field."

    Allusions (1)

    • The Senatorial candidate that Columbo refers to in this episode was obviously Nelson Hayward from episode #20, "Candidate for Crime"

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