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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 (nineteen years ago) link

http://www.tvacres.com/columbo1.jpg

Alan (Alan), Monday, 9 September 2002 10:50 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

RickyT (RickyT), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:00 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

HOOORAH FOR BERGERAC!

Or even, Diagnosis Moider starring Dick van Dyke!

Sarah (starry), Monday, 9 September 2002 11:35 (nineteen 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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

lawrence kansas, Monday, 9 September 2002 11:40 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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:

CAGNEY AND LACEY!

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 (nineteen years ago) link

I mean!! Their knitwear and handbags!!

Sarah (starry), Monday, 9 September 2002 14:04 (nineteen 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 (nineteen years ago) link

Harvey Jr?

Pete (Pete), Monday, 9 September 2002 14:26 (nineteen years ago) link

dud.

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

kill the unbeliever

Alan (Alan), Monday, 9 September 2002 15:22 (nineteen years ago) link

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

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

Magnum PI is the best, and Kojak.

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


Gary Bloom to thread!

the pinefox, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:04 (nineteen 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 (nineteen 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 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Netflix finally has the full lineup of series episodes up.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 21 February 2014 07:10 (eight 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

truthbomb!

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

That one story rules though

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

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

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

seven months pass...

http://thecitydesk.net/justonemorething/

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

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

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

http://thecitydesk.net/justonemorething/2014/10/thats-a-lot-of-fruit-salad/

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 (seven years ago) link

“Do you have any chili? With ketchup? And crackers? I was hoping to get some of those saltines.”

calstars, Friday, 15 July 2022 03:00 (one month ago) link

The 100 greatest Columbo scenes of the 70s

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Sunday, 17 July 2022 14:45 (four weeks ago) link

My favourite is #11 - I really need to get my "watch all of columbo" project off the ground though.

dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Sunday, 17 July 2022 15:33 (four weeks ago) link

Do it!
I’m on s3 e6
Free on peacock

calstars, Sunday, 17 July 2022 15:53 (four weeks ago) link

I dove directly into Columbo after finishing Rockford Files and got a few seasons in before getting distracted but maybe I need to stop watching stupid movies and get back to this.

Does Columbo lose his cool with anyone but Nimoy over the course of the series?

He gets quite irate with the villain in "A Deadly State of Mind". Or rather his assistant:
https://columbophile.com/2018/11/18/episode-review-columbo-a-deadly-state-of-mind/

That's the one where Columbo's star witness at the end isn't blind.

Ashley Pomeroy, Sunday, 17 July 2022 16:26 (four weeks ago) link

On a massive tangent it strikes me that Aveleyman.com is one of those websites that seems to have been around forever, and always pops up a few pages down Google's search results, and it looks ancient, but I still have no idea what it is, what it's for, who runs it, why it's called Aveleyman etc. It seems to just have little pictures of actors.

It's like Hyperreal.org and Shillpages.com and... I can't think of another example because it's hard to remember things that aren't memorable. It just exists. Like the Glyph in Halo Jones. A little throwback to bygone era.

Ashley Pomeroy, Sunday, 17 July 2022 16:40 (four weeks ago) link

Chris Stark, not Clark

Stark and Mills have been on Radio 1 in the afternoon for more than 10 years. this autumn they’re moving to Radio 2. A lot of people like them. It’s extremely “LadBible” radio.

― Tracer Hand, Saturday, July 2, 2022 10:11 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

The one I always used to dread was FIGHTING TALK with Colin Murray, which is basically LadBantz: The Radio Show. Ostensibly a discussion with a panel of guests which just consists of them exchanging "witty" remarks about topical (usually football-related) things and the other guests always laugh in a really lame, dry way like "uh her her her her", and also the guests score points for doing the best BANTS, or something (they never bother to explain this part of the show so I've never had any idea what they're actually being scored on). It's been on for years and has always been mystifyingly unfunny shit.

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:08 (four weeks ago) link

Oops, wrong thread

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:08 (four weeks ago) link

I just started Rockford Files after finishing the classic Columbo run. It's different enough but definitely darker. It makes me realize how restrained Columbo really was. No guns, no car chases, everybody is cool as a cucumber for the most part.

Cow_Art, Monday, 18 July 2022 01:28 (four weeks ago) link

Is there any episode at all when Columbo takes a fist to the face? Rockford gets pummeled half to death in his own trailer every other week.

Josefa, Monday, 18 July 2022 03:06 (four weeks ago) link

My favourite is #11 - I really need to get my "watch all of columbo" project off the ground though.

― dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Sunday, July 17, 2022 3:33 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

We're up to the final 70s episode, The Conspirators, which looks like it's going to be very silly indeed. Then we're on to the 80s episodes which I've seen very few of, I think we're probably in for a very mixed bag.

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Monday, 18 July 2022 09:33 (four weeks ago) link

very very very

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Monday, 18 July 2022 09:34 (four weeks ago) link

Man the Johnny Cash as malicious Cessna pilot episode takes forever to get through

calstars, Friday, 22 July 2022 03:12 (three weeks ago) link

I quite enjoyed that one, Cash does an entertaining job

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Friday, 22 July 2022 08:41 (three weeks ago) link

It's good!

Tom D: I was in the army (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2022 08:45 (three weeks ago) link

I mean it's a fairly low-stakes episode, even by the standards of Columbo, but there's plenty of fun to be had with Cash's costumes and the bizarre 70s interiors, and Cash is relatively sympathetic by the standards of Columbo murderers

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Friday, 22 July 2022 09:23 (three weeks ago) link

Yes, it's one of those ones where Columbo is most apologetic for catching the murderer. Good ending too.

Tom D: I was in the army (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2022 09:34 (three weeks ago) link

I think that ep would be in the top 10 for me. Love the last scene in the car.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 22 July 2022 10:03 (three weeks ago) link

(xp) almost apologetic not most apologetic!

Tom D: I was in the army (Tom D.), Friday, 22 July 2022 10:10 (three weeks ago) link

Is there any episode at all when Columbo takes a fist to the face?

Yes, there are at least two such incidents in the 1990s. Columbo and George Wendt get roughed up by Rod Steiger's henchmen at the end of the disappointingly flat Strange Bedfellows episode, although all is not as it seems.

Columbo gets a proper fist to the face when posing a small-time crook in the Undercover episode, which was an adaptation of an Ed McBain 87th Precinct novel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pdjZgnMLqc

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Sunday, 24 July 2022 18:10 (three weeks ago) link

Thank you, I appreciate your research

Josefa, Sunday, 24 July 2022 23:50 (three weeks ago) link

Going to rep a new-ish podcast that’s both rewatched the show but also had really good interviews with writers and scholars about the show.

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/53-the-shabby-detective-91672189/

It’s done by Chris Stachiw (from The Kulturecast) and Mike White (from The Projection Booth and the Cashiets du Cinemart zine)

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Monday, 25 July 2022 15:52 (three weeks ago) link

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rude tbh

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Monday, 25 July 2022 17:16 (three weeks ago) link

In the episode I’m up to (s4?), the lieutenant is first seen looking in the back seat of the police commissioners car (which he had to borrow because his was in the shop) looking for his signature green cigar (why is it green)

calstars, Sunday, 31 July 2022 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

Just watched “a friend in deed” and it seemed kind of …sad? that C brakes up the conspiracy between the two friends. Like let them just live with what they did, that’s punishment enough, isn’t it?

calstars, Friday, 5 August 2022 04:44 (one week ago) link

I’m starting to think I can skip the usually belabored opening sequences and just start watching when C arrives at the scene of the crime

calstars, Saturday, 6 August 2022 03:06 (one week ago) link

wtf, no.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 6 August 2022 04:16 (one week ago) link

This show is so screenshot worthy that I’m going to have to stop watching on peecock and pirate instead

calstars, Saturday, 6 August 2022 20:09 (one week ago) link

I watch Columbo on Tubi and Chrome won't let me screenshot but Firefox will.

bamcquern, Saturday, 6 August 2022 21:08 (one week ago) link

Haha outsmarted that Detective Columbo, dude has no idea I’m the murderer. He’s just got one more question for me and then I’m off the hook

— Dolphin Pilot (@TheAmitie) August 7, 2022

xyzzzz__, Monday, 8 August 2022 14:55 (one week ago) link

At the same time as this show encourages the love for the titular character it does the same inversely in equal measure to loathe the criminal. That’s just not reality and that’s what makes the show a bit unreal and uncomfortable. Who isn’t worthy of mercy?

calstars, Friday, 12 August 2022 03:59 (four days ago) link

That's not always true though, some of the murderers are presented fairly sympathetically. Not often but it does happen.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Friday, 12 August 2022 06:46 (four days ago) link

Obviously the worst thing about the murderers is not their murdering but their arrogant and condescending attitudes.

dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Friday, 12 August 2022 06:51 (four days ago) link

Definitely. Not all of them are Jack Cassidy or Robert Culp though.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Friday, 12 August 2022 08:15 (four days ago) link

Cash and Pleasance eg are wildly likeable / empathetic within the text

but those episodes wouldn't work the same way unless MOST of the other murderers were presented as being cunce tho!

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Friday, 12 August 2022 08:56 (four days ago) link

McGoohan is a tragic figure in "By Dawn's Early Light".

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Friday, 12 August 2022 09:20 (four days ago) link

The show is basically class warfare, the schlubby blue collar working class guy against the snobby elites who use their wealth and power to try and conceal their crimes. It's not always necessary to portray his opponents as sympathetic IMO, because with a few exceptions, they are The Worst.

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Friday, 12 August 2022 10:11 (four days ago) link

yah, but the tragedy is largely bcz he’s willfully signed on to a system that will never value or support him iirc? (obv the not-very-hidden moral is that it will treat his charges / trainees worse…)

((McGoohan having way more fun in at least two of the later eps he also directs, but with much less sympathy for sure)

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Friday, 12 August 2022 10:17 (four days ago) link

(xp to tom)

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Friday, 12 August 2022 10:18 (four days ago) link

yah, but the tragedy is largely bcz he’s willfully signed on to a system that will never value or support him iirc? (obv the not-very-hidden moral is that it will treat his charges / trainees worse…)

i read this as talking about Columbo and the police force at first...

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 12 August 2022 16:53 (four days ago) link

That's given me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Sunday, 14 August 2022 17:16 (two days ago) link

Love Falk’s physical comedy - the early episode where he stumbles down a hill to get to a car wreck in the Hollywood hills. And in “exercise in fatality” where we see our hero in a blue tracksuit on a treadmill, jogging tiredly while he questions the suspect

Making his way from the crowd to the stage in ‘74 to accept some award, he trips coming up the stairs and then rights himself using his arms like plane wings.

calstars, Sunday, 14 August 2022 17:16 (two days ago) link

It’s not that Paul Verhoven

Mar - a - Lago, or 120 Days of Sodom (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 15 August 2022 01:07 (yesterday) link

Unless you already thought that an article on Guardian Australia that talks about what streaming service carries Columbo in Australia would be by the Australian film critic Paul Verhoeven, in which case it is

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Monday, 15 August 2022 01:55 (yesterday) link

Must you shatter our hopes and dreams

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 August 2022 02:00 (yesterday) link

RoboColumbo, make it so...

Showcolumbos

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Monday, 15 August 2022 03:41 (yesterday) link

Starship Columbos


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