Prescription: Murder (1968)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  February 1968 (USA)
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A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.



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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

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February 1968 (USA)  »

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Columbo: Prescription Murder  »

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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 »


When Joan Hudson is under observation from outside her apartment, her silhouette is visible on the curtains as she moves about. She is clearly visible from top to toe. When the scene moves inside the apartment, the shadow of her lower half is completely obscured by a large sofa and a table. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Well, I know it's easy enough to figure out about a patient or a guy like me that's always hanging around all the time, but what about a stranger? What about a, uh - a fella that you'd never met before? Can you tell what makes him tick?
Dr. Ray Flemming: Any particular one in mind?
Lt. Columbo: No, nobody special. Just - just a type.
Dr. Ray Flemming: Like a murderer, for instance?
Lt. Columbo: Well, yeah, now that you mention it. I guess we're on the same wavelength.
Dr. Ray Flemming: Yes, I guess we are.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Spun-off from The Chevy Mystery Show (1960) See more »

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Excellent beginning to a legend
15 December 2004 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

This surely was a fantastic way to give birth to in my opinion the greatest television detective ever. Terrificly charming Peter Falk (who stills looks so bloody young in this one) shines in the role of Columbo right from the beginning. Personally I think the best episodes was yet to come, after all quite a bunch of these films was made. But there's nothing wrong with "Prescription: Murder". It is unquestionably an excellent start that could instantly hook anyone to watch the whole series. I mean who wouldn't love this man, his mannerisms, cigars, talks about his wife and other clever trademarks. The whole series is a delightful and unforgettable masterpiece of TV history. I have to give 9 out of 10 already to the first one.

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