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Apparently based on Petrovich, the detective who appears in Crime and Punishment. Classic obv, no dud-sayers here, but what stories really stand out? And is this the best detective telly ever or what? Some of the stories were frankly silly, some were brilliant, but more often than not they had fantastic/quirky character studies and frequent hollywood hotshot direction. Also usually based around a special guest star.

And any way Peter Falk is an angel as we all know, courtesy of Wings of Desire.

Alan (Alan), Monday, 9 September 2002 10:49 (twenty-one years ago) link

Alan (Alan), Monday, 9 September 2002 10:50 (twenty-one years ago) link

Training dogs in a Pavlovian fashion to attack when played a flute down an ansaphone = classic.

Killing someone halfway between him faxing a bunch of jokes to his wife and then claiming it was suicide = dud.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 9 September 2002 10:53 (twenty-one years ago) link

Pavlovian attack dogs plot could only have been improved if the dogs weren't dogs but pavlovian killer kittens instead.

RickyT (RickyT), Monday, 9 September 2002 10:56 (twenty-one years ago) link

pavlovs cats = eddie izzard material (oh no, another c/d thread, oh no) which proves (correctly, though via unreliable method) that it would not have worked with kittens.

Alan (Alan), Monday, 9 September 2002 10:59 (twenty-one years ago) link

Nah. Get em young enough and you'd be fine.

RickyT (RickyT), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Pavlov dogs is merely a variation on the somewhat too common hypnotism plot in Columbo.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:05 (twenty-one years ago) link

columbo = they are ALL THE SAME STORY!! (= "i wd rather confess than put up with this absurd little fellow for the rest of my life")

mark s (mark s), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:32 (twenty-one years ago) link

This wd have been so much better if it was a TS: Colombo vs Bergerac.


Or even, Diagnosis Moider starring Dick van Dyke!

Sarah (starry), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:35 (twenty-one years ago) link

Robert Culp also played the murderer in every single Columbo so after I saw twenty episodes I detected a pattern.

lawrence kansas, Monday, 9 September 2002 11:38 (twenty-one years ago) link

and that pattern = robert culp played the moiderer in every single episode.

lawrence kansas, Monday, 9 September 2002 11:40 (twenty-one years ago) link

Other culprits: William Shatner, Patrick Mcgoohan, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban. (Bergerac had Leeza Goddard, woo, though didn't he get to shag Leela?)

Alan (Alan), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:41 (twenty-one years ago) link

Surely the pattern is you only ever saw the one with Robert Culp in it.

I'd love to see a Columbo / Law & Order crossover when the DA in the second half sits there going "You call this evidence? This fine upstanding proffessional member of the community confessed, to you, when you were on your own in his office after persistent badgering him with just one question? Get out of here. And brush your hair."

Pete (Pete), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:44 (twenty-one years ago) link

The problem with Bergerac was that the crimes committed were always connected in some way to Charlie Hungerford. Le Berge would have had a lot quieter time had he just arrested his father-in-law.

Richard Jones (scarne), Monday, 9 September 2002 12:22 (twenty-one years ago) link

Classic obv, no dud-sayers here,
Hear hear. I never miss an episode if possible, even if it's an oft-repeated one.

but what stories really stand out?
I especially like the one where Donald Pleasance plays a vintner. But they're all good.

And is this the best detective telly ever or what?
Yes. It is.

zebedee, Monday, 9 September 2002 13:24 (twenty-one years ago) link

Fantastic Paul Morley line on BBC the other week: he was being asked about the tension in an Iain Banks novel, and said: well, yes... it's like a good episode of Lovejoy.

(This is cruel to IB whom I don't hate at all, but still - what a put-down.)

the pinefox, Monday, 9 September 2002 13:54 (twenty-one years ago) link

Are you sure it was a put down. Surely a good episode of Lovejoy was very tense (will Tinker and Eric make it to the antiques show on time to swop the fake Chippendale with the real one to stop Lovejoy getting kneecapped by triads).

Pete (Pete), Monday, 9 September 2002 13:57 (twenty-one years ago) link

The Lovejoy/Banks comparison is a put-down of Lovejoy (who = Lou Reed circa 'New York' btw, mullet and all.)

Sarah - What are yr feelings abt Shoestring?

Best Columbo - the one w/ William Shatner, wherein Shatner has the world's first and biggest video recorder (the whole episode revolves around it)!

Andrew L (Andrew L), Monday, 9 September 2002 14:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

The Columbo on Saturday was all about a fax machine. Columbo = new technology world showcase. "Its like sending a letter down the phone."

Pete (Pete), Monday, 9 September 2002 14:01 (twenty-one years ago) link

Ur, perplexment and the "fuzzled brow" look as I haf no idea what this Shoestring thing might have been. It wasn't on daytime TV at the same time as Diagnosis Moider/Bergerac/Colombo or in fact:


Bloody hell yeah! There is a bloke from Cagney and Lacey lined up for the husband list (if only I cd remember his name, perhaps I need another day off work to watch it so I can remember).

Sarah (starry), Monday, 9 September 2002 14:02 (twenty-one years ago) link

I mean!! Their knitwear and handbags!!

Sarah (starry), Monday, 9 September 2002 14:04 (twenty-one years ago) link

Re last Saturday's Columbo: "Call waiting" was mentioned by the murderer also, and "Last number redial" was a key episode-progresser!

zebedee, Monday, 9 September 2002 14:06 (twenty-one years ago) link

Harvey Jr?

Pete (Pete), Monday, 9 September 2002 14:26 (twenty-one years ago) link


jel -- (jel), Monday, 9 September 2002 15:08 (twenty-one years ago) link

kill the unbeliever

Alan (Alan), Monday, 9 September 2002 15:22 (twenty-one years ago) link

someone had to do it, someone has to be the anti-canon.

jel -- (jel), Monday, 9 September 2002 15:24 (twenty-one years ago) link

Kill the unbeliever
but make sure your secretary says she knows you were in San Diego at the time because you called her at 2.37pm from the station, just as the train announcement was made. She heard it distinctly over the phone...

zebedee, Monday, 9 September 2002 15:34 (twenty-one years ago) link

'someone has to be the anti-canon'

Cannon! Wasn't that the show w/William Conrad?

lawrence kansas, Monday, 9 September 2002 17:30 (twenty-one years ago) link

haha when w/conrad has to run is the best!! even t.j.hookah had a more plausible burst of speed!!

mark s (mark s), Monday, 9 September 2002 18:55 (twenty-one years ago) link

Magnum PI is the best, and Kojak.

jel -- (jel), Monday, 9 September 2002 20:07 (twenty-one years ago) link

Quincy, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, The Equaliser, and TJ Hooker = all classic. Magnum PI and Kojak = rub. I'm sorry but the truth is where it's at.

david h (david h), Monday, 9 September 2002 20:33 (twenty-one years ago) link

Ur, perplexment and the "fuzzled brow" look as I haf no idea what this Shoestring thing might have been.

I loved Shoestring. 1979-80, BBC1 - dishy Trevor Eve is a mentally unstable computer op who gets fired after smashing up a hooj mainframe-type thing, and *somehow* ends up as Radio Bristol's 'Private Ear', solving foax call-in probs (this is years before Midnight Caller or whatever it was) in a quirky lovable aw-shucks-down-on-his-luck kinda way. It effectively spawned Bergerac, as the show's creator, Robert Banks Stewart, was allowed to do whatever he bloody liked once Eve quit after two series - so he came up with a neato reason to spend a financially advantageous chunk of each subsequent year in Jersey (NB to googling screenwriter: I am joshing; I'm sure you weren't hanging out with Jim and Liza anyhow).

Shoestring did have a daytime run on the Beeb last year.

Now hooked by (slightly rubbish) Waking The Dead because of looming Eve presence. No shots yet of yer man eating chips in a Cortina though. Shame.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 9 September 2002 20:49 (twenty-one years ago) link

I always thought it would be a funny comedy sketch to have Columbo playing chess with Boris Spassky.

Anyway, I remember one nicely written episode by Stephen "The A-Team" J. Cannell, starring (yep)...Robert Culp as the murderer. Culp was a scientist who murders a guy by inserting a thirst-inducing subliminal message into a film, getting the guy into the lobby where he shoots him (while the other people are inside watching the film).

Has anybody caught Law & Order: Criminal Intent? Vincent D'Onofrio is totally classic in that...very Columbo-ish.

Joe (Joe), Monday, 9 September 2002 21:29 (twenty-one years ago) link

Michael J, thank you for that v. informative post - I too felt sure that Shoestring had been re-shown on afternoon telly quite recently. My flatmate has a cpl of Shoestring novelisations written by Paul Ableman!

Andrew L (Andrew L), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:31 (twenty-one years ago) link

The Shat! The Shat!

The Shat as Ward Fowler as Detective Lucerne!

'Let. Us. Assoooomm, Looootenant - and I'mspeakingasDetectiveLucerneherenotasWardFowler' etc.

The one with Roddy McDowell as Galen as the murderer with the exploding cigars is also tops, as is the abovementioned Faster, Fido, Kill, Kill!

And wasn't one written by Mickey Spillane?

Tim Bateman, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 15:35 (twenty-one years ago) link

Gary Bloom to thread!

the pinefox, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:04 (twenty-one years ago) link

I just saw Woman Under the Influence. Bestest movie (by Cassavetes) EVAH? Ya damn ROIGHT.

nathalie (nathalie), Thursday, 12 September 2002 13:14 (twenty-one years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Man so enjoying the Johnny Cash EP right now. Love that he never gets angry w/him (probably playing off against a perception of Cash as a 'hellraiser' is my guess).

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 December 2013 12:25 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

Netflix finally has the full lineup of series episodes up.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 21 February 2014 07:10 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

columbo = they are ALL THE SAME STORY!! (= "i wd rather confess than put up with this absurd little fellow for the rest of my life")

― mark s (mark s), Monday, September 9, 2002 11:32 AM (11 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:35 (ten years ago) link

That one story rules though

polyphonic, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:42 (ten years ago) link

The salient thing about Columbo is that the basic premises entertained. It may have been the same story each time, but that's like going into a few dozen houses at Christmas and exclaiming, they are ALL THE SAME TREE!!

epoxy fule (Aimless), Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:42 (ten years ago) link

Girlfriend and I were watching these on Netflix a lot, loved season 1, kinda burned out though (or maybe just got our rhythm thrown by the extra-long season 2 opener, with John Cassavetes as the orchestra conductor). Should pick it back up though, Falk is just great. Love the vision of class here: the murderers lose to Columbo not because his method is so foolproof but because they're rich and underestimate this working-class schmoe who knows how to play up his schmoe signifiers. Also interesting how so many of the millionaire killers are old-school scions of wealthy families - dissipated dilettantes and socialites, or people after the inheritance of same. Nobody's ever a stockholder or arbitrageur. Columbo's effective because he's able to get access to these people (hard to really picture now) and everything about his mannerisms short-circuits their codes of conduct, leaves them struggling for the correct way to brush him off, which only tips their hands more thoroughly. Feel like that world has kind of disappeared... the singular personifications of wealth vs. the corporate system as a whole.

Gee, I dunno. It's just this theory I had - but you've had a very long day, it can wait. I'm sorry.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 15 May 2014 04:31 (ten years ago) link

Often they don't confess though, they are often found out in the most ludcrous manner, or sometimes its downright nasty. The EP where he frames the murderer's son (he confesses because he is "a strange little fellow" who is unpredictable), for example.

Sat afternoons watching these, having a 20 min nap and still knowing you haven't missed much (you know who did it) as oposed to some other crime show where you'd miss a plot point that might be key in working it out is a pleasure for me. But I also like bcz it is such an anti-crime show. Morse, or Holmes, you get bored by it.

re: class. yeah its an excellent point. He also works much harder than other police officers. A few times where he orders chilli and doesn't eat it => sign of a lower middle class thing "well if I work harder than poeple who are supposedly smarter than me" type guff.

Also note his interactions with culture. One murderer he gets on a "he must be the one - there is no way anyone could like both country and classical music" tip, then where he visits the art gallery to ask questions and mistakes a radiator I think for an art object. He talks about his wife doing watercolours. Art -- one could say -- promotes attentiveness and a heightened awareness. But that isn't on Colombo's radar (unlike Morse where it is part of his make-up), its noise and a sideshow. He gets his killer by working hard. Somtimes he'll pick their version of culture or pretentiousness (learning about wine to trap Donald Pleasance), he shows he is thinking, or he'll pick up an enthusiasm, but with the end goal in mind. You never feel he has interests.

Above all Falk is just great to watch. Feel that a bit more after he passed away.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:56 (ten years ago) link

On the other hand, Columbo's inner life is basically kept a mystery by Columbo himself - the vague references to family and friends which he just made up on the spot. Sometimes he seems to know enough about the murderer's culture stuff to know what would annoy the shit out of them - like playing "Chopsticks" on the concert piano for Cassavetes, or bringing half-dead hardware store plants in to the orchid guy.

And yeah, they're not all confessions - actually I like it best when he really does lay out the case at the end and explain what tipped him off, how he got the guy, etc. The nasty ones are cool too. I love the one where he makes Roddy McDowell think they're trapped in a ski lift with a bomb that's about to go off.

Recently watched The Great Race, which stars Falk alongside Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, though unfortunately he's relegated to being Lemmon's "duh, okay boss" sidekick. But he wasn't famous yet, and actually Lemmon's talents aren't really exploited either. Always a pleasure to see him doing anything though, really. Growing up on The Princess Bride, I figured he was just some one-off guy that played the grandfather in that, and nothing else!

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:26 (ten years ago) link

Falk was pretty much the only good thing in Wings of Desire.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 May 2014 10:50 (ten years ago) link

He's allowed to be funny in the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin vehicle Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)

Josefa, Friday, 16 May 2014 13:50 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 4 January 2015 17:50 (nine years ago) link

Well that's my life down the bin ;-)

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 4 January 2015 18:39 (nine years ago) link

Agreeing with Carolita on the way the divorcee is written up although I think Columbo is really nicer in the final dialogue than what this panel is given credit for - its more like a "shutting yourself off is what you don't do! you're gonna be ok" even if the niece was probably made up.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 4 January 2015 19:15 (nine years ago) link

We did get the Hardy Boys and (my favourite) Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators in the UK, but have never even heard of Encyclopaedia Brown before!

"Except for viewers in Scotland, who have their own programme..."

Monthly Python (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 August 2023 16:56 (nine months ago) link

Sorry Tom D, I could well be missing the gag here - but I'm talking about juvenile mystery books, not TV shows now? I've certainly seen 70s Three Investigators books in Glasgow charity shops since I've been up here (2006 on).

I don't think there was ever a Three Investigators TV show - I would've watched!

Ward Fowler, Sunday, 20 August 2023 17:09 (nine months ago) link

Oh right, I thought those were TV shows. "Hardy Boys" was definitely a TV show.

Monthly Python (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 August 2023 17:11 (nine months ago) link

... plus a reference to the Armando Iannucci sketch, of course.

Monthly Python (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 August 2023 17:21 (nine months ago) link

Should note for UK viewers, 5USA is doing Columbo marathons every Sunday, love to have it on in the background as no need to pay close attention and not that many characters to keep up with.

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 20 August 2023 17:32 (nine months ago) link

Was that the Ellery Queen with Jim Hutton and David Wayne as his dad? Watched it during its original run. I remember not caring either way about the plot but liking those two characters. Did hate his enemy/rival who was like a stuffed shirt parent on The Little Rascals or something.

― Zing Harvest (Has Surely Come) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, August 20, 2023 1:23 PM (nine hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

David Wayne was the real star of the show, elevating it with more charm than any of the writing had. The radio host rival was decent in the pilot but becomes Flanderized into a pompous idiot soon afterward.

Gimmick of the Ellery Queen books was that about two thirds of the way through, they'd say, 'Dear readers, you have now been presented with all the clues necessary to solve this case' - it's been so long since I've seen one of the TV shows that I can't remember if they also had this 'clue break'.

― Ward Fowler, Sunday, August 20, 2023 1:27 PM (nine hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

They did, with Hutton looking directly into the camera! I liked that part. Cheesy fun.

formerly abanana (dat), Monday, 21 August 2023 02:18 (nine months ago) link

Yes, I remember enjoying the Ellery Queen TV series as a kid, as it had the same light-hearted emphasis on puzzle-solving as ITV's 'Whodunnit'.

Always wondered why no-one revived the latter format, as - say - Pemberton & Shearsmith (who once referenced 'Whodunnit' in an episode of Inside No. 9) could have a field day misleading the studio panel and the TV audience with red herrings.

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Monday, 21 August 2023 09:59 (nine months ago) link

•• Due to unforeseen issues, we can no longer include all the new audio commentaries, essay and other extras we had produced for our upcoming Columbo: 1970s boxed set ••

Coming November 21st on Blu-ray!

— KLStudioClassics (@KLStudioClassic) August 25, 2023

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 26 August 2023 19:22 (nine months ago) link

What, that’s crazy. I was looking forward to two commentaries by Amanda Reyes from the podcast “Made for TV Mayhem”

Josefa, Saturday, 26 August 2023 19:26 (nine months ago) link

That IS nuts. Like throw us a bone, how exactly could something like that happen? I've seen the occasional bonus here and there promised for a release not come through, but literally all that extra stuff was why I wanted to buy the set in the first place!

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 August 2023 23:03 (nine months ago) link

I was initially mildly lamenting the fact that I already owned the DVDs and couldn't really justify rebuying the series just for the commentaries but welp. Super weird stuff, though.

Prop Dramedy (Old Lunch), Saturday, 26 August 2023 23:55 (nine months ago) link

Transfers & packaging elements aside, they've lost the everything that separated this from being a Mill Creek-style budget release.

KL like “just one more thing…”

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 27 August 2023 02:06 (nine months ago) link

strange. people keep saying "probably a rights issue" but these were all-new commentaries, presumably commissioned by Kino-Lorber themselves

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 27 August 2023 09:41 (nine months ago) link


The Thin, Wild Mercury Rising (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 August 2023 13:55 (nine months ago) link

maybe they were just really shit lol

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 27 August 2023 14:29 (nine months ago) link

In a couple places, I've read it might be related to the current strikes. But that's just speculation.

omar little, Sunday, 27 August 2023 14:32 (nine months ago) link

ah I could believe that

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 27 August 2023 14:39 (nine months ago) link

Good news, shared in the BluRay forum:

All is not lost! I'm Jim Benson. When my writing partner Scott Skelton and I recently found out our months of exhaustive research, new interviews, and treasure trove of never-before-revealed facts we uncovered about Columbo were NOT going to appear on the new Blu-Ray release (due to a bizarre technicality) we were devastated. And so were the fans. How could all this amazing content be buried forever, never to see the light of day?

Which gave us an idea for just one more thing: What if we took all that incredible material, added even more that we couldn't fit in the commentaries, including behind-the-scenes photos, news clips, and more...and made it into the greatest TV book of all time? (Just like we did with our ultimate 800-page, nine pound, "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" hardcover coffee table book?)

By popular demand, we've decided to do it. You may not be able to listen to our content, but you WILL be able to read it, in The Ultimate Columbo book!

We did get the Hardy Boys and (my favourite) Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators in the UK, but have never even heard of Encyclopaedia Brown before!

― Ward Fowler

i was gratified to look up encyclopedia brown's sidekick, sally kimball, on wikipedia and find that one of the cites is to a work called _The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture_. probably my first lesbian crush!

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 27 August 2023 20:41 (nine months ago) link

due to a bizarre technicality

I really need to know more about what the fuck this technicality is! It's starting to approach a 'if you name it, a demon sucks your soul away' territory, just say what it is.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 27 August 2023 21:23 (nine months ago) link

*sees softball coming over the plate, takes a swing*
Is a bizarre technicality similar to a bizarre gardening accident?

The Thin, Wild Mercury Rising (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 August 2023 20:05 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

These episodes are on 5USA tomorrow - any favourites?

10:05 Murder In Malibu (1990)
12:00 Murder - a Self Portrait (1989)
13:55 Short Fuse (1972)
15:25 Murder Under Glass (1978)
17:00 Grand Deceptions (1989)
19:00 Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989)

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 11 November 2023 13:10 (seven months ago) link

Murder Under Glass is pretty fun.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 11 November 2023 13:14 (seven months ago) link

That's the Demme one? It is wonderfully dated, with the worst 1970s food you can imagine.

I wouldn't bother with the ones from 1989+.

formerly abanana (dat), Saturday, 11 November 2023 18:52 (seven months ago) link

I have been known to enjoy some of the later ones, though 70s are generally better of course.

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 11 November 2023 19:24 (seven months ago) link

Short Fuse has Roddy McDowall and an unusually tense climax.

not the one who's tryin' to dub your anime (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 11 November 2023 19:28 (seven months ago) link

four months pass...

Started watching this with our kid, first episode we watched was MURDER BY THE BOOK, directed by Spielberg (!) and really good twisty story with a particularly nasty villain played by Jack Cassidy. Also co-starring Barbara Colby as a lovelorn store owner who blackmails the bad guy in an ill-advised scheme.

Within a few years, and real life, those two guest stars would be tragically killed in a fire and unsolved homicide, respectively, Colby murdered in a random double murder (three episodes into her new supporting role on the first season of the sitcom Phyllis.)

omar little, Saturday, 16 March 2024 17:55 (two months ago) link

*in real life

omar little, Saturday, 16 March 2024 17:56 (two months ago) link

have also been watching this, but only selected episodes, the Columbophile blog a good curator

corrs unplugged, Saturday, 16 March 2024 19:36 (two months ago) link

All of the original run is pretty good, I don’t remember a bum episode.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 16 March 2024 19:45 (two months ago) link

Pretty sure there isn't one.

man in suit and red tie raising his fist (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 March 2024 19:46 (two months ago) link

"Old Fashioned Murder" is pretty weak. Conceit is that the murderer acts older than her age, but Columbo always had old villains so it isn't obvious.

there's an episode set in a "think tank", back when that didn't have crackpot political connotations, with a kid named steve spielberg as a tribute to their boy genius director.

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 16 March 2024 20:04 (two months ago) link

The one where he goes to Jolly Old England is bad

Josefa, Saturday, 16 March 2024 21:02 (two months ago) link

Oh yeah, that one isn't good.

man in suit and red tie raising his fist (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 March 2024 21:24 (two months ago) link

the columbo-goes-to-a-rave episode is exactly as good as you'd expect

mark s, Saturday, 16 March 2024 21:30 (two months ago) link

i.e. at least 10 times better than the Morse goes to a rave episode

Morris O’Shea Salazar (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 16 March 2024 21:33 (two months ago) link

That's right

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 16 March 2024 23:21 (two months ago) link

also just recently started watching this for the first time. it rules so hard. crazy that every episode is over an hour long

flopson, Sunday, 17 March 2024 03:09 (two months ago) link

^^It was originally presented as part of a series of weekly TV Mystery Movies, rotating in a shared time slot with similar film-length episodic shows like McMillan & Wife with Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James, and McCloud with Dennis Weaver. That's why the seasons seem so short.

two months pass...

Watched SUITABLE FOR FRAMING last night, which didn't waste much time on backstory before getting right to the murder. Aired during that particular era of time when your lead villain could be Ross Martin, with supporting roles filled by Don Ameche and Kim Hunter. This one featured an absolutely brilliant move by Columbo which was revealed at the end, the opening play in his endgame made much earlier, and somewhat hidden in plain sight.

omar little, Monday, 27 May 2024 16:54 (two weeks ago) link

Oh yeah, that one's essential viewing. Falk's facial expression in that final reveal!

Ross Martin was, incredibly, Peter Falk's camp counselor circa 1940. Falk's first stage appearance was in The Pirates of Penzance at said camp, so Martin is sometimes named as his bygone "acting teacher." They had also been in The Great Race together, though I can't remember if they share any scenes.

not the one who's tryin' to dub your anime (Doctor Casino), Monday, 27 May 2024 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

my favorite columbo ending. so clever.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 27 May 2024 20:05 (two weeks ago) link

"By Dawn's Early Light" was just on. I knew Bruno Kirby was in it but didn't know Bruno Kirby Sr. was in it too. But then I didn't know there was a Bruno Kirby Sr. despite recognizing him from lots of other things.

Poets Win Prizes (Tom D.), Sunday, 9 June 2024 20:02 (five days ago) link

Hadn't realized that he helped bankroll A Woman Under the Influance, which he is great in.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 June 2024 21:36 (five days ago) link

^ Peter Falk, not Bruce Kirby (who was a semi-regular on Columbo, both in one-offs and a recurring role, the latter mostly in McGoohan-related episodes.)

bae (sic), Sunday, 9 June 2024 22:28 (five days ago) link


Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 June 2024 18:47 (yesterday) link

Kino is moving along and doing a blu box of the revival movies from the '90s:

Any updates on that Ultimate Columbo book?

master of the pan (abanana), Thursday, 13 June 2024 20:37 (yesterday) link

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