Tag Archives: Columbo

Columbo: A Friend in Deed (Review)

It’s the season finale of Columbo, so what’s the perfect way to end the third series? By pitting Columbo against his own boss. This is going to be a tricky one… The First Murder In terms of the first murder, … Continue reading

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Columbo: Swan Song (Review)

Hats off to Johnny Cash. Not only did he take on an acting role, and do an amazing job of it, the character he played here was a distorted version of himself. Tommy Brown is a big star in the … Continue reading

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Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem (Review)

When I was a child, I saw this episode of Columbo and absolutely loved it. This might just be the episode that turned me into a Columbo fan. Rewatching it as an adult, I thought it was the weakest episode … Continue reading

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Columbo: Publish or Perish (Review)

You can’t keep a good author down. Actually, Ken Franklin from Murder by the Book was a bad author, not a good one, and Jack Cassidy is back to play another murderer from the world of writing. This time, instead … Continue reading

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Columbo: Double Exposure (Review)

You can’t keep a good crook down. Not content with escaping from prison once and disguising himself with a dodgy moustache as American Football manager Paul Hanlon, private investigator turned murderer Carl Brimmer has done it again. It’s no wonder … Continue reading

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Columbo: Candidate for Crime (Review)

A dishonest politician? Surely not. They are all upstanding, honest people with only good intentions, right? The Motive Nelson Hayward (Jackie Cooper) is a candidate in an election, and looks likely to win, thanks to his genius of a campaign … Continue reading

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Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (Review)

Well, isn’t this a cheeky little wine, but not presumptuous, with a farty bouquet and top notes of mahogany and beefburger. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the pompous world of wine appreciation, almost entirely debunked in blind taste tests as … Continue reading

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Columbo: Lovely But Lethal (Review)

We are back for the third season of Columbo and what’s this at the start? A bunch of quick clips of the episode we are about to watch. Spoilers! Then we are treated to the sight of a man with … Continue reading

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Columbo: Double Shock (Review)

The first season of Columbo very quickly hit upon the magic formula that makes the series work so well and sets it apart from any other crime drama: show us a murder perpetrated by somebody rich and/or powerful, place the … Continue reading

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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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