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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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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Partner (Review)

Any filmed mystery series will probably set a story at a film studio eventually. It’s not hard to see why it would be so tempting to do that. You don’t have to build any sets, you don’t have to travel … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: To Have and to Hold (Review)

Apart from Carry on Sergeant, I have never seen William Hartnell in anything other than Doctor Who, which is probably a major omission for a fan of the show, so I was very pleased to see him among the cast … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Rivals (Review)

Once again this is a thriller rather than a mystery, but these are the kinds of stories the Edgar Wallace series of B movies did the best, exploring moral grey areas with no obvious hero character. The closest we come … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Double (Review)

The sub-one-hour format of these Edgar Wallace Mysteries often necessitates a compressed form of storytelling in order to fit everything in. Some writers handled that better than others. For The Double, screenplay writers Lindsay Galloway and John Roddick start their … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Ricochet (Review)

When a husband finds out that his wife is having an affair, he could be expected to be somewhat aggrieved about that. Not so for Alan Phipps (Richard Leech), who instead decides to team up with his wife’s boyfriend John … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Deadly State of Mind (Review)

Dr. Mark Collier is smooth, handsome and a little bit creepy, so George Hamilton is the perfect choice for the role. Collier also does not deserve the title of “doctor” because he specialises in hypnotherapy, and is pushing the practice … Continue reading

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Columbo: Playback (Review)

Columbo’s enemies are often very rich men, and wealthy people love their latest gadgetry. This often throws the lieutenant into a world of strange marvels, that haven’t always dated well (let’s not mention the robot), but this week it’s all … Continue reading

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Columbo: Troubled Waters (Review)

Volare! Oh Oh! Cantare! Oh Oh Oh Oh! Columbo’s wife has won a trip to Mexico on a cruise ship, and the singer on board only seems to know one song, which she sings interminably. Luckily for Columbo, this is … Continue reading

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Columbo: By Dawn’s Early Light (Review)

If there’s one episode of Columbo that stuck in my mind the most from my childhood, it was probably this one. It was certainly in the top two or three that made a huge impression on me, and unlike Mind … Continue reading

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Columbo: Negative Reaction (Review)

Oh it’s a jolly holiday with Lorna. Lorna makes your heart so light. When the day is grey and ordinary, Lorna makes the sun shine bright. … but Lorna is Paul Galesko’s secretary, and he’s married to a monster of … Continue reading

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Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality (Review)

Lieutenant Columbo nearly always finds something to admire or respect in his enemies, but we start the fourth season with a different vibe altogether. Milo Janus has no redeeming features, and Columbo is the man to take him down. The … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Return to Sender (Review)

Initially this seems like a relatively simple entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies. Dino Steffano (Nigel Davenport) has been working a clever scam where he filters money from his business partners through a fake company in … Continue reading

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