Suitable for Framing

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 11/17/71
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  • Episode Description
  • An art critic, Dale Kingston, kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. All the clues lead to the dead man's first wife but Columbo doesn't believe it.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Ameche

    Frank Simpson

  • William Link

  • Kim Hunter

    Edna Mathews

  • Richard Levinson

  • Rosanna Huffman

    Tracy O'Connor

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Suitable, But Also Predictable

    By DannMichalski, Aug 08, 2013

  • All the elements of classic "Columbo" (spoilers within)

    By jamoon2006, Mar 29, 2007

  • (Spoilers)

    By LAntichristo, Jul 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Tracy: Ugh. Kingston: Pull yourself together. There's no reason to be frightened. Just my uncle. I assure you he's far more amiable now then he ever was when he was alive.

    • (Columbo helps Edna Mathews into her car) Columbo: Just do what my wife does, 'cause when she hits a department store, she can forget anything, even the fact that I'm sitting outside waiting.

    • Kingston: All right, Lieutenant, you claim that I planted these paintings. Suppose you prove it. Columbo: (looking at the fingerprint expert): Can we? Expert Yeah. Columbo: (looking back at Kingston) Yeah. With fingerprints.

    • Columbo: Well, you see, he pulled the rug out from under you when he left his collection to Mrs. Mathews so you only had one thing that you could do -- murder him and blame it on her.

    • Kingston: Wait a minute. You mean, you think the thief was a woman? Columbo: One of them. Kingston: One of them? Columbo: Well, there were too many pictures there for one person to carry, don't you think? And besides, the burglar alarm thing, you know, there's only one way to really beat that, is if you have somebody else from the inside open the door. Kingston: I don't think I understand. Columbo: You know what, that's the trouble. Neither do I.

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    Notes (3)

    • Kim Hunter is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • 90 minutes long.

    • Ross Martin was Falk's acting instructor in years past. The two also worked together in The Great Race. Martin received an Emmy nomination for his work in The Wild Wild West.

    Trivia (1)

    • In the opening scene, we see Dale remove several paintings from the wall. Then, when Tracy enters, we see her admire the paintings still on the wall--including two of the paintings that Dale had taken down already. These two paintings not only have jumped back onto the wall--they also mended themselves where Dale had sliced them with a knife.

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