Dr. Marshall Cahill is the director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses, including the elderly Dr. Nicholson, who knows that Cahill's son Neil has plagiarized a dead man's theory of molecular structure. When Nicholson threatens exposure, Dr. Cahill murders him and cleverly makes the killing look like the job of a heroin junkie who needed his fix. But clever or not, another kind of genius is on the case: the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo.
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Columbo makes reference to his "wife and kids", intimating a larger family than perhaps previously believed. See more
There are two US Marine Corps officers (Colonel & Lt Col) at the war gaming event. Both have hair that is too long (not a regulation cut, today or in 1974). Problem with many TV shows and movies in the past where extras with regulation military haircuts were not available. The other military service members (US Navy, US Air Force, US Army, although their hair was also long, they were within regulation standards for that time frame. See more
Dr. Marshall Cahill
Right now you are in an institution where any staff member, including your little friend Steve, will tell you that a theory isn't worth a damn unless it can be proved.
It's the same way at the institute that I work at, Doctor.
References Forbidden Planet