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Director:
Writers:
Richard Levinson (teleplay) &
William Link (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 February 1968 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(6 articles)
Remembering Peter Falk
 (From CinemaRetro. 25 June 2011, 8:55 AM, PDT)

‘Just One Last Thing’ – A Personal Appreciation of Peter Falk
 (From Obsessed with Film. 25 June 2011, 12:17 AM, PDT)

Peter Falk 1927-2011
 (From FilmJunk. 24 June 2011, 5:21 PM, PDT)

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Excellent beginning to a legend See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Lt. Columbo

Gene Barry ... Dr. Ray Flemming
Katherine Justice ... Joan Hudson

William Windom ... Burt Gordon

Nina Foch ... Carol Flemming

Virginia Gregg ... Miss Petrie

Andrea King ... Cynthia Gordon
Susanne Benton ... The Blonde
Ena Hartman ... Nurse
Sherry Boucher ... Air Hostess
Anthony James ... Tommy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Man in Park (uncredited)
Jim Creech ... Policeman in Hospital (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... White-Haired Man at Party (uncredited)
Clark Howat ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Don Stewart ... Airline Ticket Man (uncredited)
Tom Williams ... Laundry Delivery Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Irving 
 
Writing credits
Richard Levinson (teleplay) &
William Link (teleplay)

Richard Levinson (play) &
William Link (play)

Produced by
Jerrold Freedman .... associate producer
Richard Irving .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard G. Wray 
 
Art Direction by
Russell Kimball 
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
James Redd  (as James S. Redd)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Edward K. Dodds .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bisk .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James T. Porter .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Robert Brower .... color coordinator
 
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... musical supervisor
 
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Runtime:
100 min | 99 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1996)

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Trivia:
Several different sources have different first names for Columbo. By focusing in on his badge he occasionally flashed, some say it was Frank some say it was Joseph. Trivial Persuit has it as Philip, which they got from a trivia book that purposely made it up to see if anyone was paying attention. The writers say he definitely was not given a first name.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 16 mins) When Columbo steps back into Dr. Flemming's office to turn off the lights, the switch is already in the down position. He simply touches it without moving it, and the lights turn off.See more »
Quotes:
Joan Hudson:I had to see you. When I'm alone, I don't know, I... I get confused.
Dr. Ray Flemming:Second thoughts?
Joan Hudson:A few.
Dr. Ray Flemming:It's a natural reaction, under the circumstances.
Joan Hudson:I keep wishin' there were some other way.
Dr. Ray Flemming:There isn't.
Joan Hudson:But, if you talked to her... if I talked to her...
Dr. Ray Flemming:Joan, don't be naive. We have one alternative. We decided that a long time ago.
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Excellent beginning to a legend, 15 December 2004
Author: Mika Pykäläaho (bygis80@hotmail.com) from Järvenpää, Finland

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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