Columbo

Season 1 Episode 6

Suitable for Framing

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Aired Unknown Nov 17, 1971 on NBC
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Suitable for Framing
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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.

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Don Ameche

Don Ameche

Frank Simpson

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Kim Hunter

Kim Hunter

Edna Mathews

Guest Star

Rosanna Huffman

Rosanna Huffman

Tracy O'Connor

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  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Columbo: You know that gallery you went to? Checked out. I hope you don't mind.
      Kingston: Oh, that's your job. And?
      Columbo: Uh, the parking lot boy, he remembered when you got there, all right. So that if Mr. Mathews was killed at 11:00, then you sure didn't do it.
      Kingston: Now, isn't that a shame, Lieutenant? And here I am your best and most obvious suspect, too.
      Columbo: Ah, don't say things like that. Really, you got me all wrong.

    • Columbo: Uh, so this is a television studio, huh?
      Kingston: Yes.
      Columbo: Quite a place.
      Kingston: Well, it's a barn, really. I'm sure it's not as glamorous as you thought it'd be.
      Columbo: That's right, it isn't. But things aren't really what they seem to be, are they?
      Kingston: My, how observant you are.

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