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I am enjoying old eps of Colombo on YouTube's Columbo channel. I love the garish 1970s sets.

by Anonymousreply 260Last Sunday at 5:31 PM

Love all the guests!!!

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by Anonymousreply 112/12/2018

Just one more thing , OP. Colombo is also on MeTV.

by Anonymousreply 212/12/2018

The one with Ruth Gordon playing the famous mystery writer ("Try and Catch Me") was particularly good.

by Anonymousreply 312/12/2018

I saw a very young Kim Cattrall on one episode

by Anonymousreply 412/12/2018

I love the location shots for the 70s episodes. So many cool homes in Malibu and the Hollywood hills that have probably been torn down by now.

by Anonymousreply 512/12/2018

R4, you can see her again at R1.

by Anonymousreply 612/12/2018

R3, Agreed, and the one with Anne Baxter is fun, as well.

by Anonymousreply 712/12/2018

Columbo is the best. The wife we never see; the Peugeot; the dog named Dog...simply the best.

by Anonymousreply 812/12/2018

[quote] The wife we never see

Is her name Mrs. Columbo by any chance?

by Anonymousreply 912/12/2018

No first name for Columbo.

by Anonymousreply 1012/12/2018

Janet Leigh's episode is fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 1112/12/2018

List your favorites---

1. The one with the old lady mystery who kills her nephew

2. The HOT tv exec who shoots her boyfriend/boss.

3. Anne Baxter

by Anonymousreply 1212/12/2018

Mystery writer, that was

by Anonymousreply 1312/12/2018

Suzanne Pleshette said Peter Falk was her friend and yet he boycotted the set when she was a guest on the show. She was VERY negative about him being so unprofessional because he was having a contract dispute with the producers. When Falk settled his dispute the show was already filmed without him and he expected it to be reshot with him. The director refused.

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by Anonymousreply 1412/12/2018

"Joe Devlin (Clive Revill) is a renowned Irish poet, author, raconteur, and terrorist supporter. He, along with his own family and the heads of O'Connell Industries, is secretly a fund-raiser and gun-runner for the Irish Republican Army. He raises money in Los Angeles for his radical cause through a charity ostensibly meant to help victims of terrorism. Devlin has a strong belief in honor. Thus, when Vincent Pauley (Albert Paulsen), an arms dealer selling guns to Devlin, tries to skim off $50,000 for himself, Devlin shoots and kills Pauley for being a traitor. With Columbo hot on his trail, Devlin must find more guns and arrange their shipment out of the country.

Final clue/twist: Columbo discovers, that a bottle of whiskey at the crime scene has the same markings Devlin uses to make in his presence prior. Because every diamond has a unique cutting habit, Devlin's ring is proof of his presence at the crime scene. As for Devlin's illegal gun shipment, customs agents originally search the ship, but do not find it. When the ship is pulling out of the harbor, Columbo spots the tugboat flying an O'Connell Industries flag, and thus deduces that the guns were actually on the tug, and that they will be transferred to the ship just before it pulls out to sea.

This was the last episode of the Columbo series broadcast on the NBC television network. Columbo's last line is "This far, and no farther", words spoken by Devlin as he marked a whiskey bottle to determine how much he would drink in a session. These words were taken from a speech by the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) leader Charles Stuart Parnell, a 19th-century Irish politician and supporter of Home Rule. A noted IPP politician of the same name as the fictional killer in this episode, Joseph Devlin, represented West Belfast early in the 20th century and opposed the use of violence in the cause of nationalist politics."

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by Anonymousreply 1512/12/2018

I loved that episode, but do people really do that to their jewelry?

by Anonymousreply 1612/12/2018

I'm a lesbo, but I've always had a strong thing for Dick Van Dyke.

I just love that guy.

by Anonymousreply 1712/12/2018

[quote] Joe Devlin (Clive Revill)

Revill voiced/portrayed Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back before Ian McDiarmid portrayed the Emperor more famously in Return of the Jedi and the Star Wars prequels. Revill’s voice was heard but the Emperor seen on screen was actually a combo of an old woman and a chimpanzee. When George Lucas re-released the DVD of The Empire Strikes Back he replaced Revill/old woman/chimp with McDiarmid in that scene.

by Anonymousreply 1812/12/2018

The one with Ross Martin (as a snooty art expert) and Kim Hunter was fun

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by Anonymousreply 1912/13/2018

Edie bringing the ombre chiffon as requested....

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by Anonymousreply 2012/13/2018

She gave good gown.

by Anonymousreply 2112/13/2018

The Suzanne Pleshette episode is one of my favorites- it was filmed in Newport Beach, where I'm from so it's fun to see the old houses and stores and what has changed.

Never heard about the contract dispute, but Peter Falk is in that one.

by Anonymousreply 2212/13/2018

I love the clothes! I'd wear most of that.

by Anonymousreply 2312/13/2018

I think I should do this number in blackface!

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by Anonymousreply 2412/13/2018

I've always found Peter Falk kinda sexy.

by Anonymousreply 2512/13/2018

R25, me too. The worst episodes had his wife Shera (sp?). Couldn't act for shit.

by Anonymousreply 2612/13/2018

The one with John Cassavetes! Etude in Black. Loved it, especially knowing he and Falk were very close friends in real life.

by Anonymousreply 2712/13/2018

What is this show about? Is it a show about the world of showbiz in Hollywood?

I see my grandmother watching it every sunday night on metv, but I never really pay attention to it. But I've noticed that it definitely takes place in los Angeles in the 70s/80s.

by Anonymousreply 2812/13/2018

You get quite a bit of his ass in In the Spirit, r25. Go to 17:40.

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by Anonymousreply 2912/13/2018

John Cassavetes was my idol back in the day. I saw every one of his movies and loved Gena Rowlands and Peter. John was a hell of a director.

by Anonymousreply 3012/13/2018

R28 it's a mystery series from the 70s. Highly addicting.

by Anonymousreply 3112/13/2018

R25, Peter Falk was sexy for about one second when he was a young actor.

by Anonymousreply 3212/13/2018

What was going on with his eye? Was he cross-eyed or was one eye just smaller than the other?

by Anonymousreply 3312/13/2018

Glass eye, r33.

by Anonymousreply 3412/13/2018

Peter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and there was an ugly fight within his family over his estate. At one point, he had to be restrained while wandering among Los Angeles traffic in his pajamas.

by Anonymousreply 3512/13/2018

I’m watching Columbo, bitches!

by Anonymousreply 3605/27/2021

"Oh, just one more thing... "


by Anonymousreply 3705/27/2021

Etude in Black also has a young Blythe Danner in it

by Anonymousreply 3805/27/2021

Liar! Blythe Danner was never young.

by Anonymousreply 3905/27/2021

You can watch for free on Tubi if you want to watch!

by Anonymousreply 4005/27/2021

Columbo is my go-to for comfort TV. I often have it on AMZ Prime in the background while I surf DL for the ever shrinking list of interesting topics or commenters.

I’m kidding. I love you.

by Anonymousreply 4105/27/2021

I own the entire collection on DVD, and I dont have many but I keep those. I find the fashion and home decor so nostalgic and amusing. The wall-to-wall carpeting makes me cringe though.

by Anonymousreply 4205/27/2021

I was a fan of McMillan & Wife back during the original broadcasts, but never got into Columbo. But I'm working my way through the episodes on Amazon Prime right now. Great guest stars!

by Anonymousreply 4305/27/2021

R42 I love wall to wall carpeting!😁

by Anonymousreply 4405/27/2021

William Shatner as murderous TV sleuth “Detective Lucerne” may be my favorite episode.

by Anonymousreply 4505/27/2021

The one with Jack Cassidy is my favorite! I love his bitchy style.

by Anonymousreply 4605/27/2021

R38 I believe Blythe Danner was pregnant with Gwyneth when she filmed that episode. They look a lot alike

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by Anonymousreply 4705/27/2021

I just got done watching the Suzanne Pleshette episode. That is my least favorite so far.

by Anonymousreply 4805/27/2021

Robert Culp and Jack Cassidy were the worst serial killers known to man

by Anonymousreply 4905/28/2021

I hear the young kids are getting into Columbo these days. That's pretty cool and shows it's VERY addicting and fun to watch. My only gripe are the sometimes anti-climatic endings.

by Anonymousreply 5005/28/2021

Which episode, R43? Jack Cassidy did three.

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by Anonymousreply 5105/28/2021

R9 the funny thing about Mrs. Columbo is that she was apparently unrelated to Columbo by blood or marriage

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by Anonymousreply 5205/28/2021

His first name was Frank. Falk based his characteristics on my uncle Gene. Rumpled clothing, inappropriate questions, and a beat-up car.

by Anonymousreply 5305/28/2021

Fiona Apple is a fan

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by Anonymousreply 5405/28/2021

[quote] Robert Culp and Jack Cassidy were the worst serial killers known to man

Good Lord, I hope you mean as characters portrayed on a TV show.

by Anonymousreply 5505/29/2021


I actually watched this when it first ran (despite not being born yet, mind you) and I could swear the show started as Columbo's widow who, in the pilot, was trying to solve his murder. I even remember the bloodhound too. I didn't keep watching so apparently missed the fast succession of revisions however.

For what it's worth, a trivia book from the 70s lists Columbo's never-spoken first name as Philip.

by Anonymousreply 5605/29/2021

You're mixing up Columbo with something else, R56. Mrs. Columbo with Kate Mulgrew premiered after '70s Columbo ceased production and for the first few episodes they pretended Mr. Columbo and she were married, but he was just not home. The show was so poorly received that they quickly changed the title to Kate Loves a Mystery and gone were any references to Columbo. They never killed him off.

by Anonymousreply 5705/29/2021

I've got several favorites. I love when Robert Culp, cop turned private investigator, is tricked into hunting for a contact lens in 𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐋𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐚 𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐝 (S01E02).

Richard Basehart in 𝐃𝐚𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝 (S02E04) is entertaining; the way he loses his goddamned mind at the end when he's caught has to be seen to be believed.

Then there's Leonard Nimoy in 𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞 (S02E06), which revolves around Nimoy's attempted murder of an ailing colleague using dissolving suture.

There's others - William Shatner, Patrick McGoohan, Oskar Werner, Anne Baxter.

I've collected a lot of them, and I re-watch them when the mood strikes me. The versions I keep have been modified to include Henry Mancini's 'NBC Mystery Movie Theme' which both the televised versions and the DVDs have omitted (I'm kind of OCD that way; the viewing experience isn't complete unless it has the correct opening and ending logos).

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by Anonymousreply 5805/29/2021

I like the one where Susan Clark shoots her brother

by Anonymousreply 5905/29/2021

In my mind Lee Grant seems to be in every episode - was she in more than one?

& is it always wicked rich folk who think Columbo's just an annoying idiot who they can fool and get away with it?

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by Anonymousreply 6105/29/2021

Lee Grant was in only one episode, R60.

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by Anonymousreply 6205/29/2021

And they aren't always rich, but if they aren't, they are always in some sort of position of authority and/or success. Patrick McGoohan in Dawn's Early Light was the head of a military academy, Donald Pleasance was a vintner who was tops in his field, Jack Cassidy was just a magician in a nightclub but a popular one and besides, he was Jack Cassidy and always comported himself like the Emperor of the World no matter what his character's job was.

by Anonymousreply 6305/29/2021

[quote] For what it's worth, a trivia book from the 70s lists Columbo's never-spoken first name as Philip.

This was a red herring for copyright infringement. Look it up, it’s actually pretty fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 6405/29/2021

[quote] I'm a lesbo, but I've always had a strong thing for Dick Van Dyke.

Ugh, Dick Van Dyke and his brother are both unattractive, IMO.

by Anonymousreply 6505/29/2021

I love all of the Jack Cassidy episodes, he was the perfect charming, smirking, sexy ( imo) criminal. He was excellent. Another favorite was guest star Janet Leigh, if only to see that gorgeous house, beautifully and tastefully decorate, except for her neon green bedroom, which looked as if a teenager on acid broke into her home and decorated while hallucinating on a bad acid trip, lol. She also was the only murderer that Columbo allowed to get away with murder. Did they ever tell us what his first name was?

by Anonymousreply 6605/29/2021

R66: tastefully decorate, should be tastefully decorated.

by Anonymousreply 6705/29/2021

[quote] The crew used to give him half a bottle of eye drops as a joke.

That doesn’t surprise me. He was very self-depreciating about it and found humor in it himself.

He often told a story of being a baseball player in high school who slid in to a close play at third base. The umpire called him out. Peter removed his glass eye and tossed it to the ump and told him to try a new eye. Lmao.

by Anonymousreply 6805/29/2021

[quote] Did they ever tell us what his first name was?

We understand you don’t want to read the thread. After all, it is thousands of responses.

by Anonymousreply 6905/29/2021

Sorry, R69.

by Anonymousreply 7005/29/2021

I like the (90s) one with Rod Steiger hamming it up as a mafia boss (you read that right). "CHE FAI?!!" George Wendt was the killer in that one; Columbo got him to confess by pretending to hand him over to the mob.

by Anonymousreply 7105/29/2021

R56...His name was Frank! In an early episode, he shows his ID and it clearly says, Frank. The trivia book is wrong!

by Anonymousreply 7205/29/2021

I really wish people would read the thread.

by Anonymousreply 7305/29/2021


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It seems they just run the same few episodes of Colombo over & over on MeTV. Same with Twilight Zone. There are some Twilight Zone episodes I’ve read a description of but have never seen. Meanwhile MeTV keeps playing the same small number of episodes repeatedly. Why is that? Did they only pay for a certain number of episodes & not all of them?

by Anonymousreply 7505/29/2021


I think the point was that these were sociopathic elites whose hubris defeated them in the end. It *could* work with a blue collar factory worker, but not as naturally as it does when the murderer is rich, pampered, and lionized. Audiences always enjoy seeing the rich and powerful fall. Soap operas have been running on that fuel for nearly a century. It's a kind of opium.

by Anonymousreply 7605/29/2021

It was one of the few US tv shows allowed in some of the iron curtain countries because the proletariat triumphed over the decadent ruling class.

by Anonymousreply 7705/29/2021

I watch an episode almost every night before bed.

by Anonymousreply 7805/29/2021

R76- The best analysis (?) I have ever read about this show! How many times did the murderer threaten/ and or complain to Columbia's superior with harassment if he continued to investigate them? They were arrogant and not used to having to answer to anyone, especially this little befuddled detective. My favorite show of all time. Intelligently written, superb acting.

by Anonymousreply 7905/29/2021

^ Columbo villains were the original Karens

by Anonymousreply 8005/29/2021

Men were a whole lot sexier back then

by Anonymousreply 8105/29/2021

Speaking of the Peugeot, you know his wife had a car too.

Nothing special mind you, just transportation.

by Anonymousreply 8205/29/2021

R81, um, no.

by Anonymousreply 8305/29/2021

Indeed. Sexy short choices . When they would sit the shorts would open just enough for a hot, teasing glance of beautiful, free hanging cock and the merest peak of testicles. Oh, how I loved all of those beautiful men.

by Anonymousreply 8405/29/2021

I loved the Anjanette Comer/John Cassavetes one (Etude in Black) and don't understand why they killed Anjanette off so quickly--no sex scene? Amateurs.

by Anonymousreply 8505/29/2021

Yeah, because 70s network shows always had tons of explicit sex scenes!

by Anonymousreply 8605/29/2021

[quote]Men were a whole lot sexier back then

I was watching a British film from 1971 last week - a thriller that's apparently has a bit of a cult following - what hit me was how sexy the men were in their tight suits and trousers all over the place.

I wont bother to find it and link it, no one ever looks at these links and I'm fed up with it. People used to but not anymore.

by Anonymousreply 8705/29/2021 r87 flounces out of the thread.

by Anonymousreply 8805/29/2021

R85- I remember watching that episode, but not the details. What an effortlessly sexy man! ( If that makes any sense) As @R75 said , some episodes are repeatedly shown while others are rarely, if ever now, shown at all. It doesn't matter if I have watched an episode over 10 or so times, it will still be the best thing on TV. There will never be another television detective series of that caliber again, imo. I miss writers who respected our intelligence. Peter Falk was a fun, endearing man who was witty and intelligent. During the OJ Simpson murder trial he said he became hooked on Court TV, lol. He had a very sad, bitter relationship with one of his daughters, and I believe he had to cut all ties with her. I do not know the details about that, but I seem to remember that she had either a mental illness, addiction, or both. I had much sympathy for him, as I would for any parent.

by Anonymousreply 8905/29/2021

I think Lee Grant's episode was the first official episode - her character was the only female killer in the entirety of Columbo who didn't have some kind of tragic backstory or excuse, she was coldblooded and completely unremorseful, and that's how she ended up getting caught.

by Anonymousreply 9005/29/2021

I love the one with Jamie Lee Curtis as a grumpy waitress .

by Anonymousreply 9105/29/2021

The episode starring Ruth Gordon and Mariette Hartley is my favorite. The Johnny Cash one is up there too.

by Anonymousreply 9205/29/2021

often the resolutions were quite weak, it's a show very much about the journey

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It’s hard to watch the episode with Leslie Nielsen without thinking of the rest of his career...

by Anonymousreply 9505/29/2021

Funny coincidence, I just watched last weeks episode on meTV because i noticed Anne Bacter was in it, then up pops this thread.

I think I am going to start watching them once a week now. I like the format that you know the killer from the beginning and then watch Colombo gather the clues.

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by Anonymousreply 9705/29/2021

I think there were three actors who were Guest Murderers three different times: Robert Culp, Jack Cassidy and Patrick McGoohan. Not sure about William Shatner (he may have only done two).

The best ones were the pilot with Gene Barry and the one with Richard Kiley as Columbo's boss. The worst was the episode with Robert Vaughn (not his fault, the writing was horrible).

Of course, for DLers, the standout show is the one with Robert Conrad doing his 20 minute clad-only-in gym-shorts appearance.

How many people realize Peter Falk was not the first actor to portray Columbo?

by Anonymousreply 9805/29/2021

Another one on MeTV is Perry Mason. He gets the murderers to blurt out confessions in nearly every episode. That seems shocking by today’s sensibilities. And poor Hamilton Berger, the D.A. always loses in the end. You’ll see many known actors early in their careers show up on this show as well.

by Anonymousreply 9905/29/2021

R59, I love that one (“Lady In Waiting”). A mousy little rich girl kills her overbearing brother, and suddenly turns into sexpot/boardroom dominatrix, to the dismay of her fiancé, poor Leslie Nielsen. There’s very little plot, just her making increasingly outrageous fashion choices.

by Anonymousreply 10005/29/2021

^^^ Also, William Hopper who played Mason’s P.I., Paul Drake was Hedda Hopper’s son IRL. I always wonder if that connection helped protect Raymond Burr from getting outed in the tabloids. Also, Raymond Burr was mostly beloved by those he worked with. He was known for being kind and generous with everyone and contributed to many charities.

by Anonymousreply 10105/29/2021

R99 We don’t care about Perry Mason. That show sucked.

by Anonymousreply 10205/29/2021

I have forgotten the actress in this episode but it was about the women who blamed Columbo for her husband's death so she attempted to murder Mrs. Columbo to make him suffer the pain that she had when she lost him. Excellent one.

by Anonymousreply 10305/29/2021

I’m getting ready to watch another episode now on Tubi!

by Anonymousreply 10405/29/2021

R89 This is one of his daughters discussing what happened.

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Any love for the Faye Dunaway episode?

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by Anonymousreply 10605/29/2021

[quote]I’m getting ready to watch another episode now on Tubi!

I'm so jealous.

by Anonymousreply 10705/29/2021

The Viveca Scott episode is one of the best.

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R99 big deal! Ms Fletcher always got them to confess AND explain how they did it!

by Anonymousreply 10905/30/2021

R100 I also love the scene where Columbo asks the overbearing mother of the murdered brother why he was never married. “What are you implying, Inspector?” Subtle.

by Anonymousreply 11005/30/2021

The best part of Columbo are these endless carpet floors. Not a single hardwood floor in sight..

by Anonymousreply 11105/30/2021

And the smoking!

by Anonymousreply 11205/30/2021

[R105] Thank you, that was very interesting but also sad

by Anonymousreply 11305/30/2021

The lounge singers in various episodes only know one song. In the episode onboard the ship, the female lounge singer sang "Volare" nonstop. Thank god she was the victim.

by Anonymousreply 11405/30/2021

We just watched that one, R106. For a later episode, it's pretty good and Faye is wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 11505/30/2021

Was there an episode with Gayle Hunicutt? I liked her.

by Anonymousreply 11605/30/2021

Faye won an Emmy for her episode.

Rue was good in hers too but instead of being in it for 15 minutes before being murdered, she should have been the killer!

by Anonymousreply 11705/30/2021

[quote]I have forgotten the actress in this episode but it was about the women who blamed Columbo for her husband's death so she attempted to murder Mrs. Columbo to make him suffer the pain that she had when she lost him. Excellent one.

R103, that was Helen Shaver in 'Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo' (S09E04, Mar 31, 1990).

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Who was that Italian character actor who appeared in at least half of the Columbos? He must have been a friend of the producer, because he was almost a regular (but always a different minor role).

The biggest surprise to me was Johnny Cash as the murderer. I expected him to be awful, but he was pretty good.

It was interesting to see co-stars from other shows as Guest Murderers. Like Shatner and Nimoy from Star Trek, and Robert Conrad and Ross Martin from The Wild, Wild West.

by Anonymousreply 11905/30/2021

The one with Robert Conrad is a hoot. And he wears REALLY tight pants

by Anonymousreply 12005/30/2021

[119] Vito Scotti

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R56, Columbo's dog ("Dawg") was a basset hound, not a bloodhound.

Columbo took him to the vet once because the dog was lethargic, or listless, or some such word -- of course the dog looked the same as ever (half asleep), but Columbo could tell that the usual spark was missing. I love a man who's really in tune with his pet.

by Anonymousreply 12205/30/2021

I’m getting ready to watch Episode 6 from Season 1 called “Suitable for Framing.”

by Anonymousreply 12305/30/2021

I love Vito Scotti. Bruce Kirby (Bruno's dad) was also in several episodes in minor roles.

by Anonymousreply 12405/30/2021

R123 "Suitable For Framing" is often ranked as one of the best due to the "gotcha" at the end. What did you think?

by Anonymousreply 12505/31/2021

I love "Suitable for Framing". The arrogance of the cultural establishment is on full display here...

by Anonymousreply 12605/31/2021

I am not a huge fan of the always hight ranked "Any Old Port in a Storm". The setting amongst wine snobs is great and Donald Pleasance is just wonderful but the logic of turning off the AC does not hold. There would be a strong cadaver smell....It is too contrived.

by Anonymousreply 12705/31/2021

^highly ranked

by Anonymousreply 12805/31/2021

I must admit I don't pick apart the clues on Columbo unless they make really egregious errors or stretches. Those aren't the strongest part of the show for me. I just love to watch Peter Falk playing off of other really strong actors (almost always true in the '70s and sometimes even in the '90s movies) and I love the character of Columbo himself. As long as the performances and the cat and mouse games work for me, I enjoy the episode.

by Anonymousreply 12905/31/2021

Agreed R129. It’s really about Columbo against the arrogant and entitled.

by Anonymousreply 13005/31/2021

He used to leave Dawg to fry in the car.

by Anonymousreply 13105/31/2021

A Perry Mason thread, r99....

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[quote] He used to leave Dawg to fry in the car.

Oh, please. It was Southern California in a convertible with the windows down. He hardly would fry.

by Anonymousreply 13305/31/2021

Bake, maybe

by Anonymousreply 13405/31/2021

or simmer as in a crockpot.

by Anonymousreply 13505/31/2021

Any Old Port in a Storm, Donald Pleasance's to his his half brother, just before bludgeoning him; "Our father was a good man, a good Italian; he provided the wine. My mother was English; she provided the breeding. Your mother, on the other hand, appears to have been responsible for all the courser sides of your nature."

by Anonymousreply 13605/31/2021

R125 I loved the episode! And it was definitely a great ending. That dumbass got tricked big time!😄

by Anonymousreply 13705/31/2021

I’m almost finished with Season 1 and I haven’t seen a dog yet. When does the dog show up?

by Anonymousreply 13805/31/2021

R138, you'll see Columbo's dog for the first time in 'Étude in Black' (S01E01, Sept 17, 1972).

by Anonymousreply 13905/31/2021

^^ Sorry, S02E01.

by Anonymousreply 14005/31/2021

R138 first ep of season 2

by Anonymousreply 14105/31/2021

As I’ve been watching Columbo, it got me to wondering how many of these crimes would be able to be carried out today without a hitch since so many people have security cameras outside their homes today - regardless of whether they’re rich or poor. It seems like it would be very difficult to get away with most of the plots now since security cameras everywhere can track comings and going’s and times things happened.

What do you all think?

by Anonymousreply 14205/31/2021

[quote] security cameras everywhere can track comings and going’s and times things happened.

[quote]What do you all think?

I think you should stop using apostrophes to make plurals.

by Anonymousreply 14305/31/2021

[quote] so many people have security cameras outside their homes today - regardless of whether they’re rich or poor.

Tell me about it.

by Anonymousreply 14405/31/2021

R143 Come on. Don’t be a schoolmarm.

by Anonymousreply 14505/31/2021

[quote] It seems like it would be very difficult to get away with most of the plots now since security cameras everywhere can track comings and goings and times things happened. What do you all think?

I think you should watch the season 4 episode "Playback,' R142.

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Someone has to be, R145!

by Anonymousreply 14705/31/2021

I think Columbo only let his anger out twice at killers: The pilot where he let Gene Barry and his girlfriend have it, and the episode with Leonard Nimoy.

I enjoy the earlier episodes where Columbo's quirks were great, but they weren't played to the hilt like in later shows.

Am I crazy, or do I remember one of the murders on the show being committed by Dobermans?

by Anonymousreply 14805/31/2021

R148, that’s “How to Dial a Murder,” and that episode shows you how Columbo killers loved to overthink their killings.

by Anonymousreply 14905/31/2021

Didn't the Doberman one have a young Kim Cattral in it?

by Anonymousreply 15005/31/2021

Yep. Snuggling up with Nicol Williamson.

by Anonymousreply 15105/31/2021

[quote] I think Columbo only let his anger out twice at killers: The pilot where he let Gene Barry and his girlfriend have it, and the episode with Leonard Nimoy.

He lost it more than that. One that immediately comes to mind is “A Deadly State of Mind,” where a witness casually shrugs him off by saying, “Ask Dr. Collier,” to which he angrily replies, “No, I’m asking you! I’m asking you about a murder!”

by Anonymousreply 15206/01/2021

An Exercise In Fatality - One of the best moments where he loses it takes place in a hospital waiting room with Robert Conrad - also one of the most touching.

by Anonymousreply 15306/01/2021

True, r153! I had forgotten about that.

GREAT scene.

by Anonymousreply 15406/01/2021

Falk always raised his game as Columbo when he was acting opposite someone (the murderer) who knew how to convey total unblinking ruthlessness cloaked in a thin veil of charm, Conrad definitely knew how to do that, and then some.

Collin Wilcox was excellent in this too, I posted about her being one of my favourite onscreen drunks on another thread.

by Anonymousreply 15506/01/2021

Tasteful Friends, what is your opinion on the London Episode? I thought the slimy butler was wonderful and he deserved being murdered for putting Columbo down. And the hysterical overacting of the murderous couple...What I don't get is the allure of the wax museum. Was this really such a big thing in the 70ies?

by Anonymousreply 15606/01/2021

I recall watching a memorable Columbi episode at my grandmother’s house. I was shocked when concert pianist Ricardo Montalban set fire to his hands for the insurance to start a new life with a student who didn’t love him. For years I tried to find it on IMDb. Then last week it I discover it was an episode of Murder She Wrote.

by Anonymousreply 15706/01/2021

r156 Ages ago I had started to watch that episode, Dagger of the Mind, but I had to stop because I was so distracted by parts of it obviously having been filmed in California. Aside from the architecture, we don't have sunshine like that! I will force myself to watch it at some point though, it stars Honor Blackman after all.

by Anonymousreply 15806/01/2021

vis a vis wax museums, Madame Tussauds is still a big thing in Britain.

by Anonymousreply 15906/01/2021

Bing Crosby was almost Columbo.

"Columbo first appeared on television in 1960, it would be nearly a decade before Falk would become synonymous with the rumpled detective. First, Bert Freed played the LAPD flatfoot in a 1960 episode of anthology series The Chevy Mystery Show. A couple years later, Thomas Mitchell played the sleuth onstage in a production called Prescription: Murder in San Francisco. When it was decided that the play would be turned into a television movie in 1968, the lead was offered to Lee J. Cobb and Bing Crosby, but Falk landed the part.

[quote] I've always found Peter Falk kinda sexy.

This should cure you of that.

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by Anonymousreply 16006/01/2021

[quote] I was so distracted by parts of it obviously having been filmed in California. Aside from the architecture, we don't have sunshine like that!

I love shit like this. Almost a behind-the-scenes thing.

by Anonymousreply 16106/01/2021

But it’s raining all the time in this episode, no?

by Anonymousreply 16206/01/2021

The correct Columbo opening.

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by Anonymousreply 16306/01/2021

R158 what is so “obviously California “? The Tudor mansion on the hill in the park?

by Anonymousreply 16406/01/2021

Loved Sunday Mystery Movie, except Richard Boone. No. But I liked the Gene Barry ones.

by Anonymousreply 16506/01/2021

r164, the "Tudor mansion" is not the real deal, it's an American reproduction, that's obvious, on sight, to anyone from the UK - r162, I distinctly remember when I switched the episode off, it was during a scene outside the American "Tudor" mansion that was bathed in unmistakably, un-English sunshine.

by Anonymousreply 16606/01/2021

Thanks R166, that’s what I expected;)

by Anonymousreply 16706/01/2021

Sorry! Your sarcasm flew right over my head, disregard!

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by Anonymousreply 16806/01/2021

OP, have you seen the Colombo (and his dog) statue in Budapest?

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by Anonymousreply 16906/01/2021

I’m getting ready to watch the “Lady in Waiting” episode.

by Anonymousreply 17006/01/2021

*SPOILER* That was a really good episode! But there’s one thing I think could have made it better - At the end when Columbo lets her go into the bathroom to change, I thought for sure when she closed the door there would be another gun in there and that we were going to hear her shoot herself so that she didn’t have to go to prison. Instead she really does get changed while Columbo smokes.

Which leads me to ask: are there any episodes where the person kills themselves rather than allow themselves to be arrested?

by Anonymousreply 17106/01/2021

The version they should have filmed

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by Anonymousreply 17206/02/2021

It's an ongoing pattern, or even a theme, with the show, R171: Columbo is unusually courtly with the female killers, often developing flirtatious, sympathetic relationships with them.

by Anonymousreply 17306/02/2021

And he risks getting shot! By a “classy woman” who is clearly mentally unstable. She even spooked Leslie Nielsen and that says something...

by Anonymousreply 17406/02/2021

R171 No, nobody ever killed themselves rather than be arrested and in my opinion, that would have been wrong for the tone of the show.

by Anonymousreply 17506/02/2021


The murderers were all too arrogant to commit suicide. I imagine even when caught dead to rights they STILL thought they could get off scot free. I imagine they felt the totality of their comeuppance was being bested by this low-class schlub.

by Anonymousreply 17606/02/2021

[quote] Columbo is unusually courtly with the female killers, often developing flirtatious, sympathetic relationships with them.

On the contrary, I think the women (often beautiful) sized him up and used their feminine wiles to which he feigned distraction. I've only seen a handful of episodes over the years, but that's at least how I remember the ones with Lee Grant and Susan Clark.

by Anonymousreply 17706/02/2021

There are so many it could be, R87! Did it have Frank Finlay? They all seemed to have Frank Finlay, back then.

by Anonymousreply 17806/02/2021

Exactly, R177. He's "flirting" with them to catch them off-guard. The female suspect begins to think "he's so attracted to me that I'll easily fool him."

He pretends to be attracted to the women and awed by the wealth and business acumen of the men. That's how he gets his prey.

by Anonymousreply 17906/02/2021

R179, I'd considered that, but unless I'm forgetting something, there's never a moment with a female killer when the mask drops and he turns angry or a bit cruel, the way it does with the male killers.

by Anonymousreply 18006/02/2021

The houses were meant to be lavish and luxurious, but instead the majority of them looked like upscale steakhouses: low 8'6" or 9' ceilings, Usually there were some bad "clubby" Chesterfield sofas, lots of applied moldings on doors and wood paneled walls, walk-in vaults, some Louis-something style commodes, big bronze sculptures (maybe a Barye panther or two), maybe some modish ceramic table lamps, big as a small boat, and acres and acres of cocksucker red carpet and accents.

This image from the 1971 episode "Death Lends a Hand" gives what I recall as a fairly typical interior.

Damn, the show ran for 12 not quite continuous seasons, with pilots in 1968 and 1971, then starting up in earnest in 1973 (with Steven Bocho as writer and Steven Spielberg as director of the first episode as a series.) And I think Peter Falk aged 45 years in those 15.

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by Anonymousreply 18106/02/2021

Or these colors, like malted eggs in an Easter basket, and that cocksucker red carpet again.

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by Anonymousreply 18206/02/2021

[quote] some Louis-something style commodes,

When the hell did you ever see a commode in Columbo?

by Anonymousreply 18306/02/2021

Lee Grant in "Ransom for a Dead Man" is the only one I can remember, r180 - Could Susan Clark in "Lady in Waiting" also count?

by Anonymousreply 18406/02/2021

and didn't Joyce Van Patten's murderess try to frame her loving niece in "Old Fashioned Murder"? That could be defined as cruel - it's been so long since I've seen an episode, so I can't say for sure, but I will bet Lee Grant still takes the crown for most dastardly murderess.

by Anonymousreply 18506/02/2021

R183: Haha. In plain sight in R181.

by Anonymousreply 18606/02/2021

R175 I disagree. Out of all of the years Columbo was on, it would have actually been interesting to see a few of the murderers kill themselves. It would have been a real shock for it to have happened a few times instead of always having a predictable ending of just being arrested.

by Anonymousreply 18706/02/2021

But Columbo wasn’t that dark.

by Anonymousreply 18806/02/2021

R188 I didn’t say for it to happen on a regular basis, just once or twice to shock people rather than the same predictable ending for once.

by Anonymousreply 18906/02/2021

It would be as out of character with the show as Jessica Fletcher chasing a suspect down with a gun.

by Anonymousreply 19006/02/2021

R190 OK! We get it! God forbid we have some occasional change from time to time to shake things up on a TV show!

by Anonymousreply 19106/02/2021

The best "Columbo" episodes, bar none, in Season order:

---S1, E1---"Prescription: Murder." Gene Barry, Nina Foch.

---S1, E9---"Blueprint For Murder." Patrick O'Neal, Janis Paige.

---S2, E1---"Etude in Black." John Cassavetes, Blythe Danner, Myrna Loy. And a fabulous Jaguar XK-E.

---S3, E3---"Candidate For Crime." Jackie Cooper.

---S3, E8---"A Friend in Deed." Richard Kiley.

---S4, E1---"An Exercise in Futilty." Robert Conrad. In a bathing suit!

---S8, E3---"Sex and a Married Detective"---Lindsay Crouse.

by Anonymousreply 19206/02/2021

The Richard Kiley one was good

by Anonymousreply 19306/02/2021

There obviously never was a "Mrs Columbo." Columbo was obviously a gay.

by Anonymousreply 19406/02/2021


by Anonymousreply 19506/02/2021

No gay man would wear that raincoat.

by Anonymousreply 19606/02/2021

I love the combination of gaudy Louis XV desks and green carpet floors!

by Anonymousreply 19706/02/2021

I've spotted flocks of Hummel figurines in some "grand house" scenes. It's all in the details.

by Anonymousreply 19806/02/2021

Vito Scotti made a career out of playing stereotypical foreigners. If he was a Frenchman he wore a striped pullover shirt, ascot and beret. If he played an Italian he had a mustache, greasy hair and put his hand up to his lips and made kissing sounds. .”Mwa, mwa, mwa, bella signora is most beautiful, like a fine wine!” If he was Japanese he wore buck teeth and a pair of thick eyeglasses that made his eyes look like slanted pinholes. If he was Mexican he wore a sombrero and had a long, drooping mustache and said “Mañana, señor!”

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by Anonymousreply 19906/02/2021

[quote] Vito Scotti made a career out of playing stereotypical foreigners.

And only William Schallert worked more steadily

by Anonymousreply 20006/02/2021

Vito Scotti’s Mexican look

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by Anonymousreply 20106/02/2021

FYI...Peacock is removing Columbo and MSW at the end of June.

by Anonymousreply 20206/03/2021

Well ain't THAT a kick in the teeth.

by Anonymousreply 20306/03/2021

Well whaddaya know about that, r202!

by Anonymousreply 20406/03/2021

R17, It's subliminal.

by Anonymousreply 20506/04/2021

That's hilarious R199. Why do I have a suspicion that he would not have much of a career in 2021?

by Anonymousreply 20606/04/2021

I believe Baby Boomers got their ideas about foreigners & foreign culture directly from Vito Scotti & Warner Brothers

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by Anonymousreply 20706/04/2021

My grandma loved this show. it was fun watching with her.

by Anonymousreply 20806/04/2021

I always felt there was not enough Academics in the show. Most Professors behave exactly like Columbo villains.

by Anonymousreply 20906/04/2021

R209, like 99% of murders are committed by poor people.....not professors or the upper class people you saw on Columbo

by Anonymousreply 21006/04/2021

r209 is right, they may not commit many murders, but they and their admirers probably turn out more sociopathic-like people than anyone else.

by Anonymousreply 21106/04/2021

A quote I came across the other day - "Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love" - Nicholas Taleb

by Anonymousreply 21206/04/2021

The "professors are evil" people are probably ignorant Republicans who think book learning is evil.

by Anonymousreply 21306/04/2021

Columbo portrayed an upper class driven by arrogance and a need for power. These were people who were never going to want for anything, even if they were forced to sell the family winery, or forfeit credit for a medical innovation. They didn’t have the usual excuses for committing crimes—they just didn’t think the rules applied to them.

by Anonymousreply 21406/04/2021

How about Roddy McDowell's semi holding forth in those powder blue double knit slacks.

by Anonymousreply 21506/04/2021

Robert Conrad looking hot in an episode.

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by Anonymousreply 21606/04/2021

R215, did Roddy McDowell wear a wig in this episode?

by Anonymousreply 21706/04/2021

One hopes so, R217.

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by Anonymousreply 21806/04/2021

Funny thing that he could pull off that youthful look. He looked ridiculous as Augustus in his blond wig in "Cleopatra".

by Anonymousreply 21906/04/2021

[quote]How about Roddy McDowell's semi holding forth in those powder blue double knit slacks.

That episode is next in my playlist! I love Roddy!

Do Roddy’s character and Columbo have sex?

by Anonymousreply 22006/04/2021

No, and in fact his character is supposedly straight.

by Anonymousreply 22106/04/2021

[quote]No, and in fact his character is supposedly straight.

Oh, dear. Is this as believable as when he played straight in his episode of Night Gallery?

by Anonymousreply 22206/04/2021

Peacock has them all. I recently went through all 10 seasons. Don't know my favorite yet.

by Anonymousreply 22306/04/2021

[quote] his character is supposedly straight.Oh, dear. Is this as believable as when he played straight in his episode of Night Gallery?

In both shows he wore the same wardrobe

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by Anonymousreply 22406/04/2021

I have a suspicion this could be Roddy‘s real hair.

by Anonymousreply 22506/04/2021

Did Roddy have a big rod or was he a bottom?

by Anonymousreply 22606/04/2021

OFGS. Television had and has plenty of gritty crime dramas.

But we remain fascinated by violent crimes by and against the better-off, both true and fictional. We are, frankly, entertained not only by observing the trappings of their lifestyles, but also by the "sisters under the skin" realities.

There are no "poor" villains in the world of "Columbo," nor of Jessica Fletcher (who even travels to London, Paris, and Monaco to solve crimes!), nor of Poirot or Miss Marple, and rarely in the urban jungles of McGarrett and Lennie Briscoe.

Ted Bundy, Jeffrey MacDonald, OJ, Robert Marshall, Scott Peterson---not "poor people." (Okay, the Manson killers lived poor, but didn't stem from poor.) Victims Versace and Miglin---wealthy.

by Anonymousreply 22706/04/2021

The last interesting of all the Columbo episodes was where he put on a hat and went undercover with ugly poor people.

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by Anonymousreply 22806/04/2021

Roddy gives off Pushy Bottom vibes. Especially in that Columbo episode (and in “Evil under the Sun”)

by Anonymousreply 22906/05/2021

I watch old Columbo episodes all the time, and “Dial a Murder” is my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 23006/05/2021

Typo above.

The LEAST interesting of all the Columbo episodes.....

by Anonymousreply 23106/05/2021

One hopes so, [R217].

Yikes, Roddy's hair make him look like future co-star Kim Hunter

by Anonymousreply 23206/05/2021

William Shatner in his Columbo appearances was kinda hot in a sleazy, middle-aged, married daddy way.

by Anonymousreply 23306/05/2021

[quote] Did Roddy have a big rod or was he a bottom?

You know these things aren’t mutually exclusive, right?

by Anonymousreply 23406/05/2021

[quote] William Shatner in his Columbo appearances was kinda hot in a sleazy, middle-aged, married daddy way.

William Shatner in his Columbo appearances was a rehearsal for what came next

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by Anonymousreply 23506/05/2021

I’m watching the Roddy McDowell one right now. Once again, he’s playing an annoying, sleazy snake just like in Night Gallery. Did he ever play any other type of role? And he was definitely starting to age at this point.

by Anonymousreply 23606/06/2021

The ending of the Roddy McDowell episode was stupid as hell.

by Anonymousreply 23706/07/2021

R237, it is supposed to be the best part in an otherwise weak episode. But you are right, Roddy should have jumped.

by Anonymousreply 23806/07/2021

Last night we watched Murder By the Glass (Louis Jourdan is the murderer, a snooty food critic) and it was fun. Unusual method of murder, nice interplay between Falk and Jourdan, and lots and lots of gourmet food. What's not to like?

by Anonymousreply 23906/07/2021

Laurence Harvey as the chess champ was fun. I like how it was all about the case, not Columbo's quirky behavior.

by Anonymousreply 24006/07/2021

I’m now in the second season, and one thing that I don’t like about the show is the reactions of most of the criminals at the end of each episode. The majority of them just have an, “Aww, shucks! Guess you caught me!” reaction and it’s stupid. Very few of them panic or go into hysterics once they’re caught and it’s irritating how nonchalant they are when arrested.

by Anonymousreply 24106/09/2021

It's because they are classy. None of the boorish bourgeoise melodrama for the swells.

by Anonymousreply 24206/09/2021

R242 Give me a break.

by Anonymousreply 24306/09/2021

Agreed R141, an occasional suicide or assault on Columbo would have been nice. Thant scene with the psychotic sister and her gun was ridiculous ("because you are a classy lady").

by Anonymousreply 24406/09/2021

LOL I just got done watching an episode and the murderer said “Congratulations” and shook Columbo’s hand! Oh yeah - I’m sure that’s what most murderers do when they get caught and know they’re getting ready to go to prison for years.🙄😂

by Anonymousreply 24506/11/2021

Columbo's bumbling cop schtick got old very quickly. He was fucking annoying and I wanted one of the murderers to take Columbo out too. The actor and the character were both like fingernails on a chalkboard.

by Anonymousreply 24606/11/2021

R245, The John Cassavetes episode "Etude in Black," right?

246, To you. Ten seasons and 13 Emmy awards would indicate you hold a minority opinion.

by Anonymousreply 24706/12/2021

That was to r246.

by Anonymousreply 24806/12/2021

R247 Yep! That was the episode! Please tell me there aren’t any future episodes where that happens because that was just ridiculous.

R246 I’m currently on the second season and yes, the playing dumb schtick is starting to wear thin. I know that I can expect that to always be in each episode, but I hope the plots are at least good to make up for the tired schtick. I also get sick of how Columbo just so happens to automatically know right away who the killer is from the very beginning. I guess he was a psychic too.🙄

by Anonymousreply 24906/12/2021

R247, since when are the Emmy awards any measure of quality? They gave the unfunny and wooden Candice Bergen five Best Actress in a Comedy awards. Not to mention multiple wins for the juvenile garbage that was Everybody Loves Raymond.

by Anonymousreply 25006/12/2021

R249, I think there are good reasons behind Columbo's suspicions, the main one's being that, no matter how sophisticated, rich, well-known, or intelligent the murderer is, as a first-time killer he or she makes mistakes.

The other reason is that, unlike a Poirot, say, there usually isn't a pool of any number of suspects.

In "Columbo" as in life, OFTEN---when a wife is murdered, it's the husband. When a mistress is murdered, it's the other husband. When a cheating lover is murdered, it's the woman scorned. When a boss is murdered, it's the next-highest employee. When a business partner is murdered, it's the other partner. And so on.

IOW, Lt. Columbo succeeds because people aren't that clever.

This is not to say he doesn't need clues and evidence or even to set traps to catch the killer. "A Friend in Deed" is a great example of the last, while Season 5's "Last Salute to The Commodore" is dependent upon a wristwatch.

"Last Salute" was directed by Peter Falk's good friend Patrick McGoohan, and was the only "Columbo" where we viewers were not first shown the commission of the crime. The episode was criticized for not following the "Columbo" format, including having a Poirot-like gathering of suspects at the end for the reveal.

As for "Just one more thing," Columbo knows that his villain or witness had reflexively relaxed at the detective's expected exit. What better time, then, to catch him or her off-guard?

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by Anonymousreply 25106/12/2021

R250, If you are going to denigrate awards, then you are beyond the scope of rational argument.

by Anonymousreply 25206/12/2021

R245, Uh, you know it’s a TV show, right?

by Anonymousreply 25306/12/2021

I'm on the second season as well, and that's just because that's what is currently running on MeTV Sunday nights. I'm not gonna search out the show, but if they're going to serve it to me on a silver platter in prime time, why not…

by Anonymousreply 25406/12/2021

R253 Yes.

by Anonymousreply 25506/12/2021

If you like Columbo you should get Mhz and watch Detective Montalbano. He's bald, getting a little overweight and get chewed out in nearly every episode by some crazy Sicilian peasant-type. Many of the murderers commit suicide and he seems to let a couple do so. He also lets a couple of criminals go, although not murderers. It's a fun series and each episode is 90 minutes, so it's like a movie.

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by Anonymousreply 25606/12/2021

The episode where he goes to London is absolutely terrible and ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 257Last Sunday at 5:10 PM

[quote] The episode where he goes to London is absolutely terrible and ridiculous.

The London episode was a holiday paid for by NBC to Falk, Rock Hudson, and Dennis Weaver. Each filmed much the same episode with the Scotland Yard background with a little work from the stars but mostly carried by other actors. I love how Honor Blackman and Richard Basehart are directed to ham it up.

by Anonymousreply 258Last Sunday at 5:18 PM

R258 I couldn’t even watch all of it because it was so bad!

by Anonymousreply 259Last Sunday at 5:25 PM

season 3 episode 1 is a favorite.

by Anonymousreply 260Last Sunday at 5:31 PM
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