Columbo (1971–2003)
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By Dawn's Early Light 

The commandant of a military academy murders the chairman of the board, who wants to oust him. Lt. Columbo takes up residence in the barracks to expose the killer.

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Howard Berk, Richard Levinson (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Patrick McGoohan ... Col. Lyle C. Rumford
Burr DeBenning ... Capt. Loomis
Madeleine Sherwood ... Miss Brady (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
Tom Simcox ... William Haynes
Mark Wheeler ... Cadet Roy Springer
Bruce Kirby ... Sergeant George Kramer (as Bruce Kirby Sr.)
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Officer Corso
Robert Clotworthy ... Boodle Boy / Jonathan B. Miller
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Susan Gerard
Bruno Kirby ... Cadet Morgan (as B. Kirby Jr.)
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Storyline

Colonel Lyle C. Rumford, the proud Commandant of a military academy, is incensed that William Haynes, the owner of the property, wants to turn it into a co-ed college. So, Rumford plots to kill Haynes with a back-firing cannon that Haynes is due to fire in a ceremony. Rumford arranges for the cannon to explode by blocking its discharge with a cleaning rag and thereby making the explosion seem an unfortunate accident caused by a clumsy attendant. Los Angeles Police Department's Lieutenant Columbo comes to the academy to investigate Haynes' death and instantly suspects that Rumford had something to do with the explosion, which Columbo believes was not accidental. Columbo unrelentingly seeks to prove that Rumford had motive and opportunity to rig the cannon. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle prime luci dell'alba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick McGoohan won an Emmy for his performance as Colonel Lyle C. Rumford in this episode. See more »

Goofs

Col. Rumford wears his cover (hat) indoors several times in the episode. Military hats are not to be worn indoors except in very special circumstances. See more »

Quotes

Col. Lyle C. Rumford: Don't you expect me to be contrite, Lieutenant. It had to be done, and I'd do it again tomorrow.
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Excellent Acting! Excellent!! Excellent!! Excellent!!
21 April 2003 | by warlock162See all my reviews

This is one of the few Columbo's in which the acting quality is so outstanding, it makes the detective element that much better.

I did not know much about Patrick McGoohan as an actor before seeing him in this episode as Colonel Lyle C. Rumford. While I was watching this mystery, I found myself more in awe with his acting than with the actual detective element. Watching him made me look into his work more and more. As a matter of fact, I learned that McGoohan won an Emmy Award in 1974 for "Best Guest Star on a TV Series", for this episode.

If you want to see acting at its best, watch this episode the next time it shows up on the Bravo! Channel.


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