The defeat of the "White Army" in the Russian Civil War of 1918-21, causing massive emigration of the upper classes and nobility, called "White Russians". Set in Crimea, Constantinopol and ... See full summary »
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
This is the first of two pilot movies made before Columbo became part of the Mystery Movie wheel that played on NBC for most of the 1970s. See more »
When Dr Flemming is strangling his wife, he is directly behind her, the top of her head at his eye level and her hair almost touching his face. But in the closeups of his face during the struggle she isn't in the shot. See more »
There must be something wrong with me. I seem to bother people, to make them nervous.
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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 »
As always, Colombo jumps on the suspect (Gene Barry) immediately, saying, "Sir, I notice you didn't call out to your wife when you came in". Colombo always knows who did it. . . so it's more of a 'howgetim' than a 'whodunit', and it's always truly entertaining. Peter Falk is perfect as the scruffy detective - - - AND- According to Trivial Pursuit, Colombo's first name is Phillip. Now I hear that the 'Phillip' name is a hoax! Well. . . no matter. Peter Falk may be knocking on 70 or so, but, so what?! He'll always be a gem whose acting skill will thrive in TV/Motion Picture cyberspace. His best pieces? Griffin and Phoenix, The Cheap Detective, Columbo, The Princess Bride, or The In-Laws, which is a top-ten funniest comedy of all time. If you haven't seen it- run to Netflix and order it ASAP. Even his bit part in "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. The man is a class act and deserves every dose of praise he gets.
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