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Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case

How important is IQ? Could a hyper-intelligent person have a chance of outwitting Lieutenant Columbo? Who are we kidding… The Motive Oliver Brandt is an accountant and a member of the Sigma Society, a club that only the cleverest 2% … Continue reading

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Columbo: Old Fashioned Murder

What’s this, no silly teaser at the start to spoil the episode? Things are looking up. Then again, maybe they couldn’t find anything exciting enough to put into a teaser, in this rather slow episode set in a museum. Maybe … Continue reading

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Columbo: Fade in to Murder

We’re back for Season Six, and an award-winning actor who has struck an incredibly lucrative deal to continue in his successful, long-running show is playing a much-loved detective, opposite an actor who is playing an award-winning actor who has struck … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Malpas Mystery

We are going back in time to 1960 for The Malpas Mystery, which was the third of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies. As it was made at a different studio its inclusion in the series is apparently debatable, although … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Never Mention Murder

These Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies sometimes play out like an episode of Columbo but with all the scenes featuring Columbo edited out. The murderer is the focus of the whole film, with the police inspector only showing up right … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Act of Murder

The first twenty minutes of this one-hour B movie are logical enough. Tim Ford (the excellent John Carson) is trying to get former actress Anne Longman (Justine Lord) to return to acting, because he is in love with her, but … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Face of a Stranger

Norman Stanley Fletcher, you have pleaded guilty to the charges brought by this court, and it is now my duty to pass sentence… oh, sorry. Wrong series. This is far from being a comedy, but it does start off in … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Who Was Maddox?

This is a rare treat: an Edgar Wallace Mystery that is actually a mystery. Writer Roger Marshall manages to pack a lot of story into 60 minutes, but I never found it difficult to follow, despite a complicated plot with … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: We Shall See

It’s strange that this series of B movies was promoted as mystery thrillers when they are almost always nothing of the sort. In We Shall See there isn’t even a crime committed until there are only four minutes of the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Verdict

We’ve been here before with the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies: a story of the battle between two groups of criminals. Previously this has tended to be big, organised crime vs small time crooks, but this time we … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Downfall

Nadja Regin is back for her third appearance in an Edgar Wallace Mysteries B-movie. It had been a good couple of years since Number Six and Solo for Sparrow, because she had become a Bond girl, appearing in both From … Continue reading

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Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore (Review)

My Columbo articles normally follow a set format, where I begin by discussing the murderer, his or her motive and the details of the murder and mistakes made. After all, this simply echoes the order in which the information is … Continue reading

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Columbo: Now You See Him

Jack Cassidy is back for his third and final performance as a murderer in Columbo. Could he inject some much-needed magic into the uneven fifth season? Of course he could. The Motive The Great Santini is a famous magician with … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Matter of Honor

For the third time, Lieutenant Columbo is on holiday and just happens to get caught up in a local murder investigation: “Wherever you go, you take your work with you.” For the third episode in a row, Columbo doesn’t really … Continue reading

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Columbo: Identity Crisis (Review)

There’s something about Nelson Brenner (Patrick McGoohan) that seems familiar: the clothes he wears, the Mediterranean architecture of his home, his career as an “operative”, the regularity with which he says “be seeing you”. Could this be… surely not. For … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Case of Immunity

Due to a mix up of names, Columbo ends up assigned to a security task force at the Suari Embassy, during the visit of the King of Suari, and it’s lucky that he happens to be there because a murder … Continue reading

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Columbo: Forgotten Lady

Grace Wheeler used to be a star, but that was a long time ago, and now she is deluded and trying to recapture the magic of her youth. If you’ve ever seen the classic Twilight Zone episode The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine, … Continue reading

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The Man in the Back Seat (Film Review)

The bonus film on the fifth volume of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries DVDs takes us back to 1961, for a Malcolm Hulke and Eric Paice adaptation of an Edgar Wallace thriller. This is a film noir effort, which showcases what … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Five to One

What’s the moral of this story? Something about the best laid plans? No, I think it’s the importance of knowing when to quit. Alan Roper is the leader of a gang of small-time crooks, and he is thinking big. We … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Accidental Death

If there is one defining feature of the majority of these Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies, I would have to say it’s the lack of a mystery. They might better have been described as thrillers, although that description often would … Continue reading

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