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Columbo: The Most Dangerous Match (Review)

Ever heard of Magnus Carlsen? Viswanathan Anand? Vladamir Kramnik? Veselin Topalov? Probably not, and I certainly hadn’t until I went onto Wikipedia to check, but those are the most recent World Chess Champions at the time of writing. Now how … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Stitch in Crime (Review)

One of the most effective tactics Columbo employs is to hound the person he thinks is the murderer until he or she gets flustered and makes a mistake. So what happens when the murderer is a man like Dr. Barry … Continue reading

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Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star (Review)

Actress Nora Chandler is being blackmailed by a biographer who has discovered a serious fraud in her background. Complicating matters further, her long-term faithful secretary, Jean Davis, is involved with the biographer, Jerry Parks, and is going to marry him. … Continue reading

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Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (Review)

Lt. Columbo is visiting London, the land of “Scotland Yard, Jack the Ripper, and all that,” and he’s very excited. He rushes around like a hyperactive child, photographing the Changing of the Guard, anything that looks remotely like a landmark, … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Most Crucial Game (Review)

A sport is being played in a big stadium, represented by some grainy stock footage. It’s that game that’s a bit like rugby, but with lots of lines drawn on the grass and players wearing an amusing amount of padding. … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle (Review)

Sometimes a television show finds a perfect formula that guarantees the series will be successful as long as it sticks with that formula. The magic fairy dust for Columbo was always the dramatic irony of the reversal of the usual … Continue reading

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Columbo: Etude in Black (Review)

Jenifer Welles is an enormously talented pianist. In fact, she is so talented that she can vaguely flutter her hands over the same few keys all the time and somehow the results of her efforts sound like a virtuoso performance. … Continue reading

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Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man

We start with a woman using letters cut out from newspapers to create a ransom letter, while a reel-to-reel tape player sits on the desk beside her. It looks like something from a different world now, but in 1971 this … Continue reading

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Columbo: Prescription: Murder

What happens when a psychiatrist, who deeply understands the workings of the human mind, commits a premeditated murder? Can he outfox a clever detective? As Columbo points out, in the field of crime, he’s the professional. The Motive You might … Continue reading

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Columbo: Blueprint for Murder

How do you hide a body so that nobody will ever be able to find it? Architect Elliott Markham thinks he has found the answer to that question, but Lieutenant Columbo might have other ideas… The Motive Elliott Markham is … Continue reading

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Columbo: Short Fuse

You’ve got to watch those people called Roger. They can be tricky folks to deal with. Roger Stanford is quite the practical joker and nobody likes one of those. They think they are funny, but they tend to end up … Continue reading

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Columbo: Lady in Waiting

The perfect crime. No need for an alibi. A man comes home, can’t get into the house, decides to use the French windows where his sister is supposed to be sleeping, trips the alarm she says has been switched off, … Continue reading

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Columbo: Suitable for Framing

Suitable for Framing is a very suitable title for this episode, because it is framed by two of the greatest scenes of any Columbo episode. The denouement in particular is quite possibly Columbo’s greatest moment, but the picture framed here … Continue reading

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Columbo: Dead Weight

Most episodes of Columbo revolve around a clever pre-meditated murder, committed by somebody highly intelligent and often powerful and/or rich. Although the murderer fits the usual profile (rich and powerful, in this instance a war hero), the murder itself is … Continue reading

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Columbo: Death Lends a Hand

In this, the second episode of the first season of Columbo, the brilliant Robert Culp stars as Carl Brimmer, an incredibly wealthy and successful private investigator. It seems that Columbo’s adversaries are going to follow a pattern of wealthy, powerful … Continue reading

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Columbo: Murder by the Book

In lieu of any opening music, we being this episode of Columbo with the rhythmic sound of a man typing on a typewriter. He is writing a mystery story, and he’s clearly reached the point where the detective has caught … Continue reading

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