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 »
The reception room at Dr. Fleming's office features a distinctive painting of trees and white houses with red roofs, which is prominent in several scenes. This same painting later appears in Columbo: Suitable for Framing, as part of the art collection sliced and stolen by Dale Kingston. In its return appearance, this painting is also part of a goof because it magically mends itself and returns to the wall, after it was vandalized and removed. See more »
You know what I think the problem is? I think I'm too suspicious. I don't trust people. That's my trouble. For instance, when I get taken off a case, right away I figure somebody put the pressure on. Right away I ask myself why. What do you think, Doc?
Dr. Ray Flemming:
I think you'd better get out of here.
Beg your pardon?
Dr. Ray Flemming:
Columbo, you're a public servant. You say you've been taken off the case, fine. Bother me again, and I shall have to talk to your superiors.
You've been talking to a lot of people these days,...
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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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