Season 1 Episode 6

Suitable for Framing

Aired Unknown Nov 17, 1971 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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    In this one Columbo follows and art critic who suspects of killing a man and stealing paintings. The bad guy always trying to cover up his crime never escapes Columbo's suspicions.
    One of the things that attracts me to early Columbo's is how amusingly dated they now appear. In this episode the first thing you notice is the dreadful crushed velvet dinner-jacket and huge bow tie that the central character, Dale Kingston, wears. Later, he goes to a chitzy art exhibition where lots of art luvee's wearing silk neck-ties reside. In every scene, you hear a never-ending bossa-nova tune in the background as Kingston makes cutting remarks and jokes with artists. The cars people drive are ridiculously huge with ultra springy suspension. After all this is 1971, when flares were just starting to become wider and cars were pre-emissions. There are interesting appearances by Don Ameche and Kim Hunter, the latter will be best remembered for being a monkey in the Planet of the Apes series. If you like Columbo and like to see how tasteless wealthy Americans were back then, watch it.

    All very entertaining and interesting keeping you quessing to the end how the crime will be solved.
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