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Prescription: Murder (1968)

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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The pilot episode of television's most popular detective. See more »


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This is the only time in the series when Colombo wears a pair of 'hush puppie' style shoes. When we first see him there is a long shot and you see his shoes. They are a 'hush puppie' style shoe. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Flemming returns to argue with his wife at 1 AM, Los Angeles appears from their balcony in the light of dusk, the same lighting that appears in another scene (actually set at dusk). Another reviewer points out that you can see a shadow on that LA backdrop in a scene. See more »

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Dr. Ray Flemming: Well, what is it? Tell me!
Lt. Columbo: Well, um, somebody broke in here and tried to kill her.
Dr. Ray Flemming: [Flemming feigns shock for a moment when the words register] "Tried" to kill her?
Lt. Columbo: That's right, Doctor. She's lucky she's still alive.
Dr. Ray Flemming: [feigning relief] She's still alive! Well, where is she now? Is she conscious? Has she been able to say anything?
Lt. Columbo: Well, I'm afraid not. She's been in a coma.
Dr. Ray Flemming: Well, what's her condition right now? Oh, come on, I must know the truth!
Lt. Columbo: It's not very good, Doctor. We only hope she comes ...
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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 »

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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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