What a great "Columbo" episode. For fans, this has everything. A brilliant adversary. A tricky plot. Deftly chosen jokes. And a twist ending that comes like a thunderclap.
Dr. Mayfield (Leonard Nimoy) is a surgeon with an ingenious scheme for murdering the kindly Dr. Hidemann, his infuriatingly cautious partner in a research project. But Hidemann's devoted nurse (Anne Francis) catches on to the scheme, and Mayfield murders her to prevent discovery. It's up to our Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) not only to find out who killed the nurse but prevent another murder from taking place.
Two things often trip up even the best writers of this series. One is the ending. Too often an episode ends with Columbo revealing a damning piece of evidence that doesn't seem all that damning. Or he tricks the killer into giving himself away, which never quite feels satisfactory. I won't give away this ending, of course. Let's just say it'll please the most demanding fan.
The other thing is the comedy scenes. Columbo affects dimwittedness and bad manners to trick his quarry into underestimating him. But too often the writers seem to think that he is genuinely a buffoon. For instance, there's a terrible scene in "Dagger of the Mind" where he inadvertently creates havoc at an airport. It's not funny, and it's not our Columbo. "A Stitch in Crime," by contrast, has some splendidly comic moments where he is not a clown, just a bit inattentive to manners. What he does with a hardboiled egg is priceless.
He also has the standard scene where something makes him queasy. In "Ransom for a Dead Man" it's the airplane ride. In "Dead Weight" it's the boat ride. Here it's hospitals, especially the operating room. But I like how he's able to steel himself when it really counts. I also love a novel moment. We actually see our faux-obsequious detective drop the pretense and lose his temper. I don't think he's done that since "Prescription: Murder."
Leonard Nimoy is essentially Mr. Spock in a white coat. His Dr. Mayfield is better able to keep his emotions at bay than just about any other murderer in the series. He makes brilliant move after brilliant move, but Columbo checks him every time. And then in the very last frame: checkmate.
I once heard this "joke" in one of my favorite shows, it sayd:
"It is just like Columbo, after the first 15 minutes you know who did it, the rest of the time you just try and figure out which eye is the glass eye"
I once heard this "joke" in one of my favorite shows(I can´t recall wich one it was), it sayd:
"It is just like Columbo, after the first 15 minutes you know who did it, the rest of the time you just try and figure out which eye is the glass eye".. And I thought that was right, I did watch it every saturday when I was little, but I can´t figure out why I did..
It was kind of boring and the eyes of that guy kind of gave me the creeps, but it just a matter of taste I think, but there were a couple of episodes I did like.
I can describe Columbo as a perfect show for me a classic legendary TV series that everybody loves to watch during our era. He is such a great hero in every episode! It really fascinates me on how he solved each cases. Peter Falk always gives his best portraying his role and I do totally miss those days watching this legendary show that's why I tried my luck purchasing a DVD copy of this show online. I read some reviews from many sites that there are lots of scams running around that's why I took time to read more reviews and suggestions. I ordered a copy at memorylanedvd dot com which happens to be a trustworthy company. They have a good customer service and always provide follow-ups on the shipping status of my DVDs. When I received the packaged, I checked the first disc and noticed that the quality is good. It also came well-conditioned. I'm very glad to own this as it will certainly brings back not only the memories but also the enjoyment watching this classic show.
Peter Falk gives a great performance as a Homicide detective who drive an old car, wears a frumpy rain coat and acts like he is dazed and confused. His suspect are wealthy and have committed the perfect crime, Columbo thinks of every way of cracking cases and finding out who is the culprit. He has a famous catch phrase "Just One More Thing" which was added to the lexicon of the English language. His character is based on a Dovstievsky novel "Crimes and Punishment".
Columbo also has a list of great guest stars as well. Including Robert Culp, Leslie Nielson, Roddy McDowell, Brenda Vacarro, William Shatner, Jack Cassidy, Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman, Jose Ferrer and many others.
I think i saw more of the movies then the TV series, but i don't really think it matters cause its Columbo!! Its one of my favorite drama shows on TV. The only thing i really didn't like was that you knew who did it before columbo starts to search for the guy. Other then that its a perfect show, I like pretty well all the classic shows cause thats when they could really make a good series, and wow, they make this one great. I still watch it on SUN TV sometimes hahah. Its an awesome Drama series, one of the best.
I love this show! As soon as I saw the reruns on Hallmark I fell in love. I'm obsessed with the show. I only wish that it stayed good. After season seven, the show sucked. All the longer 2 hr ones sucked. I hated them! However, the originals were awesome!!!!!! I encourage everyone on the planet to watch this show! I can't wait to buy the DVD when I go to Best Buy soon! I WANT IT NOW! Anyway, it's the best show ever. Monk sucks compared to this. Wait...scratch that...they're both AWESOME! I want more Coumbo! Woo hoo! Go COLUMBO!
Late at night before i had to go to bed, my dad and myself would sit down together and watch Columbo. Columbo was always brilliant enough to solve the mystery in the end, and i loved how they pieced alot of random things together so later on in the season you start to get good at pointing out what will be of importance and what might just be in there to fool you. Columbo is one of the best old detective shows in my mind because even now i can still watch it and not get bored. this show was awesome back then, and still awesome in my mind now.
I used to love Columbo. It was the most original, thought provoking and entertaining take on the detective show. However good Peter Falk is though they should never have starting making new episodes in the eighties.
I think it was a mistake to ressurect the rain coat. Might seem a paradox as I still give Columbo 10/10 however for all the mistaken ninties takes on the crumpled detective the early shows set a hard to be followed standard.
I might, we might all have seen some Columbo episodes 100 times over and some of the shine may have worn off from their first showing. LAs rich and famous murders must have been pretty stupid not to recognise the detective responsible for solving some of the most high profile cases on the patch yet the format of knowing the muderer from the start and then watching Columbo play with the criminal is still entertaining now. (Worth noting that they did change this for a couple of the 'new' episodes and it as awful).
For me, Columbo reigns as the best fictional detective program of all time. A true classic in all respects. It always kept me interested as the case unfolded and managed to put a smile on my face because Columbo himself was a very charming character with unique mannerisms and ways of getting to the bottom of his cases.
I remember, that when Mr. Columbo was wearing his very old beige trenchcoat and driving with his old convertible Peugeot.. it was very amousing and such a funny thing, because he was very different man comparing to other people and his brilliant mind impressed me very much ! Peter Falk is very talented and absolutely fabulous actor at all...!
In the classic novel Crime and Punishment, a young man commits a crime at the very beginning and the rest of the story revolvs around how a determined policeman uses deduction and psychological pressure to finally make the suspect confess to his crime.
In the TV series Columbo, Peter Falk plays an unassuming police detective who always befriends the criminal after surveying the crime scene. The criminal predictable tries hi/her best to be in Columbo's good books while trying to throw the suspicion on someone else. On the other hand, Columbo, keeps questioning the criminal while trying to piece together the puzzling mystery, eventually making the criminal say or do something which exposes his crime. The cat and mouse game played in every episode of Columbo always has a unique plot, a very clever criminal and Columbo's insatiable quest for the truth. I have often asked myself, if Peter Falk did not play the role of Columbo, who else could have done full justice to this character. The answer invariably has been: Nobody !
Columbo is a very good show with great acting and a very cool leading role. No one I know watches this show or even gets it when i try to explain. I don't know how people go by it when it's on Bravo these days. The info bar on the tv when you press info always makes every episode sound amazing. To the people my age who do watch it; it's a great secret. You try to tell people about the secret, but it comes out in a dead language.
This is no ordinary cop-show. Lt. Columbo has been one of my favourite shows since the first time I've seen it. There usually is a murder which we see at the beginning of every episode. We see how and why the villain commits that crime. Then Columbo arrives. He's the most unhortodox policeman I've ever seen, he always wears the same clothes, he has a dog (in italy it was simply named "dog") and he starts asking questions. All the murderers he investigates on are tricked by his goofyness but his mind is very sharp. An absolute must-see for any mystery-lover!
I actually had a friend say that she didn't like Columbo because you knew who did it as soon as you saw the guest star. Yes, and. It's not supposed to be a who-dunnit. We do know right away, and so does Columbo. Sherlock Holmes used science to find clues to find the culprit. Columbo a master of human nature, knows right away and just pecks, and pecks until the moment when the culprit knows that Columo knows, then the jig is up.
Some of my favorite things of the show are #1: We never learn his first name. #2 The time the guilty "help" Columbo solve his crime, furtering the temperature of water they are in. #3 We never see the perverbial wife. She could be his Watson, or a divice he uses to further his appearence of ineptitude. #4 The car and the coat.
I love this show. This was a ground breaking tv to me. For once we see a middle aged detective who looks like a detective should. Usually the police we saw on TV were very gallant and handsome. I want to add that I never really fell for the bumbling cop routine because to become a homicide detective you have to be the best detectives on the force. It was very real also because of Columbo's age which is consistent with most Homicide detectives and the fact he talked about never using his gun. Something I find most police never use in their career.
The other groundbreaking aspect was we knew who the killer was right from the bat. And it looks like Columbo knows who it is too. The best part of the show is that the killer is usually some pompous jerk who thinks they are not only smarter then everyone, but treats Columbo like a pest and the village idiot. It is a cat and mouse game from start to finish and Columbo has got a big hunk of cheese in the pocket of that raggedy trench coat he wears.
The only reason Columbo doesn't arrest the criminal when he first meets them is because he just needs the one piece of evidence that will trip them up. And that is what drives the plot. It is particularly rewarding when the sword drops because by the end of the show we can't stand the jerk.
Some episodes are better then others but none of them are bad. I am not crazy about the Columbo's made in the 90's. That is because they changed the structure of the show which made it so good from the start. Some plots didn't even involve murders. There was one about a kidnapped bride that was unwatchable. But 3 or 4 were good like the one with Fisher Steven's as a Stephen Spielberg type director, or the 2 college students who thought they were smarter then Columbo, the one with Faye Dunaway. And one I think was a remake, Uneasy Lies the Crown, which originally was with Larry Hagman All of the early episodes are great.
You get to see Falk acting with his Hollywood buddies like John Cassavetes. But Peter Falk was the one and only star of the show he had no regular co stars. This a great show. I enjoy
Peter Falk will forever be linked with the raincoat-wearing detective who asked suspects about their shoes. But the character was created seven years earlier for a show called ‘The Sunday Mystery Hour’ (in which Columbo was played by Bert Freed), and when the script for the TV movie ‘Prescription: Murder floated around Hollywood in 1968, Falk only got the part because Bing Crosby became unavailable. Falk has since played the shuffling detective in this series more than 70 times (his third movie, ‘Columbo: Murder By the Book’, was directed by a very young Steven Spielberg in 1971). In 1992, Falk was given a fresh raincoat to wear; the original was said to be at the Smithsonian Museum, but Falk insists it is in his wardrobe. If you find Columbo intensely irritating, don’t worry – it is deliberate. He is loosely based on the inspector who brings down Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’.
A murder mystery show that tells you who the killer is at the begining of each episode, and still manages to keep you at the edge of your seat by setting up and following to the end the battle between a homicide detective and a murderer.
This show is simply the best ever. The guest stars are ALL excellent, the writing is outstanding, and the the Character of Columbo is definatly my favorite character of all time. I still record every episode that comes on TV where i live and watch it when i get home from work even though i have seen them all MANY, MANY times...i will NEVER tire of a single episode. The fact that you can fill out a detailed bio of Columbos wife if you have seen all the episodes, even though she never appeared on the show even once...that is just GENIUS...
columbo was awsome show i was born in the 90s and show came out years ago i grew up watching the reruns of the show and liked it . it was such a great show the way he would ask questions and then figure things out . this show was hit and got other shows to be made like this like shaft, and monk and even others that have come out in todays time. such a brilliant show and the plots and the stories and each mystry for columbo to solve . i think this show got things started in this catagory .
From watching this as a little gal at my Mom's side, to watching it on cable and still loving it, this show has captivated me. Columbo has a brillant way that he plays the opposing forces and he can get them to walk right into giving themselves away. This shows some excellent writing, some great acting and some dynamite directing. With Guest stars that made you sit up and take notice, it was a show that lasted from the 70's, 80's and 90's. It never wore out.
The best show of all times! Great story, great actor!
I remember the when my and my dad watch Columbo in the 90's on Swedish television. My dad had seen some of the episodes way back in the 70's, so I always tried to guess what mistake the killer did and see if I was right.
It's a wonder, that in a time where most all crime shows on the air includes blood and violence, Columbo still is number one in my book. You don't have to see the shooting or alot of blood, the show is one of very few that makes you think "what mistake did he make", and to see how Columbo works is brilliant. Peter Falk does the role of Lt. Columbo perfectly, and it's just a shame that they didn't make more episodes in the 70's and 80's.
I still, to this day, watch old episodes with the same interest as my first time.
"Columbo" is the greatest mystery/detective show ever.
Wait, I need 100 words minimum. OK, I'll go on, even though the first sentence is absolutely true. The best way to prove the above to someone is to show them an episode, really any episode of the 1970s NBC run of the show. (More on the 1980s revival in a bit) A format that turned the mystery series on its ear with a "how" rather than "whodunnit." Indeed, every "Columbo" save one follows this rule, and it heightens the suspense of how the killer who has just committed his or her "perfect crime" will be apprehended. Taut scripts, clever crimes dreamed up by some of TV's best writers (including Steven Bochco and Jackson Gillis), dynamic guest actors dropping by as killers and victims, and anchoring it all was Peter Falk.
An Academy Award nominee and four-time Emmy winner as Lt. Columbo, Falk displays consistent acting brilliance. He doesn't just wear the raincoat and say the lines, he BECOMES Columbo in a way I haven't seen duplicated in a TV (and in very few film) actors. His improvisational use of props, the way he can speak volumes with a hand wave. Falk never turns in a bad performance, and is watchable in every one of these shows. He was a perfectionist and drew better work out of those around him, and chose to work with the very best. Donald Pleasance, Dick Van Dyke Patrick McGoohan, Martin Landau, Jack Cassidy, Ruth Gordon and Vera Miles were among the guest killers in the show's original seven year run.
What added to the greatness of this show were the scenes in the final moments when Columbo confronted a suspect with a key piece of evidence. Rarely (if ever) did they launch into a Perry Mason-like confession or go into hysterics. They would usually hang their head in a silent admission of defeat, and be peacefully led away by an officer, leaving Columbo to shake his head at another case closed. Brilliant.
ABC revived the series in the late 80s, and these episodes are going to start coming out on DVD in April. While not bad by any stretch of the imagination, they lacked the quality in acting of the originals, and suffer in comparison to those earlier shows. But it's still Peter Falk in that coat, and he's just as sharp and ready for action as he was back then. In other words, the newer "Columbo" episodes are better than anything except the older "Columbo" episodes.
A must-see for any mystery fan, or someone who just enjoys quality television that is well written and acted, both of which we see less and less of today.
Peter Falk, yes he is one of the best at this of being one of the best dectives for a tv show. I wish he was doing some more of these shows, cause I would be there in front of the tv to catch more of his episodes, got to love how he would play with the people that he new that did do the crime, humor them to the point that they thought they had him as a stupid dective when in all sense they were had and just didnt know it yet, I loved the way he would dress like a bum on the street and would throw them off and didnt dress in a fancy suit and tie, and that jacket and his cigars, wouldnt leave home without them, and oh cant forget about that car that was falling apart, but hey he says that one day it would become a classic, and you know here to this day just because he had it, it is a Classic, I know he is getting alot older and I havent herd of him dying, but if he was able to do more, that would be great, and I have seen I am sure all of his reruns.
I love columbo,he is the best detective ever in the best detective show ever!!!I have seen every episode of Columbo,many of them many times and i will still wery likely loke at them again.Nobody beats Lt Columbo,he is never wrong exept ones,only ones in 69 cases,that is briliant!!!!!!I dont know any other detective that could ever impress me as much as Columbo even at his worst(it is nearly same as his best).I will always love this show the best of all detective shows no doubt about it.Columbo is my all time favourite and i have learned much from him since i have seen all episodes.Sore im no match for him,but im mutch for other detectives and im no detective!!Thanks to Columbo i wanna be detective.
I was watching this show as a little kid and i must admit that i have learned much from it in a good way. This is the show that can show you and what is most important teach you how to use a brain in a good, smart and a positive way. We need more shows like this. I am sick and tired of those action packed cop movies and also dont like the way other shows are made. This show shows how most complicated crimes can be solved in a very simple and cheap way. The only problem is that you need to have someone who knows how to use brains to solve crime. And Columbo is just the right man for the job!
Peter Falk should be declared a national treasure. The quirky-yet-brilliant detective character has long been a staple of fiction, yet Falk managed to singlehandedly re-write the book on how it should be portrayed. Columbo is an archetype for the ages.
Unkempt, gravel-voiced, seemingly dumb as a bag-o'-rocks, Lieutenant Columbo (I still can't believe we never found out his first name) shuffled his way into our hearts in the 1970's in a series of NBC Mystery Movies. Falk, while not the first actor to play the part, became the definitive Columbo. The show became an unqualified hit due to Falk's genius interpretation of the title role and due to the popular and prominent actors who guest-starred. Another attraction was the unique way the mystery was presented each week: while the audience almost always knew the identity of the murderer from the start, the mystery was how Columbo was going to catch them. So, the audience was invited each week to test their sleuthing skills and find the mistake the murderer made in committing the seemingly perfect crime. Though the quality of the episodes varies, none are less than enjoyable, and many are all-time classics. Consult an episode guide for more information- and enjoy!
Oh, and-sorry to bother you- there's just one more thing...
I'm definitely a fan of detective TV series and Columbo would probably the best. He's very clever and funny at the same time! This was a brilliant series from our era so I want to own my personal copy of this show. This is a very exciting show and I never missed watching a single episode of it! Mr. Falk did an outstanding job portraying his character in this superb series. I also wanted to share that I recently tried to purchase the complete season of this show as I'm dying to watch all the episodes again. I purchased a DVD copy from . I would have to say that this seller made a good transfer of this show, I received a good quality set and most importantly, it has all the episodes of the entire series. It was a good copy at all. Peter Falk touched so many lives with one-of-a-kind TV show I won't get tired watching Columbo and until now his memory remains on my heart and forever will be.
Yep, it's true. The personality of the bumbling, fumbling detective is right there in that book, written before the tv series. The man even rambles about his wife. He acts like an incompetent boob, but underneath it all, he comes up with ingenius conclusions and runs the show. And that's where they got Columbo.
Great episodes, with perfect casting of Peter Falk in the lead, and a great technique that works over and over again: letting the viewer witness the murder before hand and watching the detective wend his way into solving the case. That's so backwards, that's so--Jeopardy!
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