Columbo (1971–2003)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.


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  • Ray Milland in Columbo: Death Lends a Hand (1971)
  • Peter Falk and Eddie Albert in Columbo: Dead Weight (1971)
  • Peter Falk in Columbo: Short Fuse (1972)
  • Peter Falk and Jed Allan in Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
  • Peter Falk and Ross Martin in Columbo: Suitable for Framing (1971)
  • Peter Falk and Rosemary Forsyth in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971)

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21 August 2009 | deconstructionist
10
| One of most memorable characters in TV history
I just purchased the complete series DVDs and have begun watching. I had forgotten what a great show this is. It's quite interesting to watch as Falk develops the character over time into the iconic Columbo we all remember. In the earliest shows he not as much the sly and subtle adversary lulling the suspect into feeling he can evade justice by outsmarting him.

The "how's he going to nail him" rather whodunit approach also makes the show more watchable multiple times than many mysteries where if you remember the culprit it spoils things. It's a lot more difficult to remember how he figure it out and confronted the killer than it is with other shows to remember who did it.

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Trivia

Peter Falk wasn't too far removed from the character he played. In real life he tended to be rumpled and disheveled and was forever misplacing things (he was famous for losing his car keys and having to be driven home from the studio by someone else). He was also intelligent, having earned a master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, which led to him working for the State of Connecticut's Budget Bureau as an efficiency expert until the acting bug bit him. He was also used to being underestimated due to his appearance; he'd lost his right eye to cancer at age three, and many of his drama teachers in college warned him of his limited chances in film due to his cockeyed stare. Indeed, after a screen test at Columbia Pictures Harry Cohn dismissed him by saying, "For the same price I can get an actor with two eyes."


Quotes

Columbo: Oh, I didn't come to ask any more questions. I came to arrest you.


Goofs

In this 1968 two hour Pilot, (about 1hr-34min in), Columbo is waiting for the suspect's lover to approach him at the movie studio. The long shot, from behind and above Columbo, shows him standing next to the ice cream truck, and placing his briefcase on the ground, to the left and front of him. A tight-shot from Columbo's front, now shows the briefcase tight and to his left leg, while Columbo rips the wrapper from his Popsicle, and he THROWS the wrapper to the ground behind him. The next shot is again the long shot from behind and above Columbo. His briefcase is now, again, to his left and in front of him, and there is no sign of the Popsicle wrapper which he just threw on the ground behind him.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

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