Columbo

Season 1 Episode 8

Short Fuse

5
Aired Unknown Jan 19, 1972 on NBC
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  • An Average Fuse

    6.5
    It's a Planet of the Apes reunion in the crime thriller Short Fuse. Planet of the Apes series alumni Roddy McDowall, James Gregory, and William Windom star in this tale of an ambitious playboy who seeks to take over his family's company by killing his uncle in an apparent car accident, but when explosives are found in the debris homicide detective Lt. Columbo must find the killer. While Roddy McDowall gives a good performance, his character is poorly written. Additionally, the directing is rather mediocre and doesn't bring a lot of suspense or tension to the film. Short Fuse is a solid murder mystery, but the film craft has some weaknesses.
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