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A psychiatrist who is married, is having an affair. His wife threatens to divorce him and take him to the cleaners if she ever catches him. So along with his mistress he plans to kill her and make it seem like she was killed by an intruder. He goes out of town as part of his plan and returns to find the police there investigating and the man investigating is Lt. Columbo. Columbo is a little odd and he asks the man some questions that he finds intrusive. Columbo continues to question him and the man's friend an ADA warns Columbo to watch his step. But Columbo goes on. Written by
Originally written as a Broadway play, the production was out of town bound for Broadway in 1962 when Thomas Mitchell (who was playing Columbo) died. The production closed and the script was later reworked for television. This film, which established Peter Falk as the definitive Lt. Columbo, was adapted from the 1962 play by the same authors. The play in turn had been adapted from The Chevy Mystery Show: Enough Rope (1960), in which Bert Freed originated the role of Columbo. See more »
Near the end, when the receptionist tries to call Miss Hudson from Dr. Flemming's office, she dials only six numbers. See more »
Dr. Ray Flemming:
Are you sure of everything? Shall I do it over again?
No, I don't want to talk about it anymore!
Dr. Ray Flemming:
Ah, but it will be fine, I promise you. Just pretend you're working on a role, right down to the props.
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The beginning credits feature a series of brightly colored animated splotches. The splotches were mean to resemble the ink blots used in a Rorschach test, as the villain in this movie was a psychiatrist. See more »
"The pilot episode for the long running series stands as one of the best."
A shabby detective called Columbo sets out to prove that a smooth talking doctor murdered his wife for his younger mistress.
The pilot episode for the long running series which began four years later. This probably stands as one of the best with good performances and a neat twist ending which many subsequent episodes lacked.
The film is based on Richard Levison & William Link's Broadway show which starred Thomas Mitchell as Columbo.
Prescription Murder has been released on video in the UK paired with the Dead Weight episode.
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