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Director:
Writers:
Richard Levinson (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
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Getting it Right the First Time 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)
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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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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:
Bing Crosby was also offered the role of Columbo, but didn't accept it because he felt that it would interfere with his golfing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Ray Flemming:[after trying to get through hospital regulations in order to see his wife in intensive care] Hospital red tape.
Lt. Columbo:Yeah, I know what you mean, Doctor.
Dr. Ray Flemming:Well, let's get on with it.
Lt. Columbo:Get on with what?
Dr. Ray Flemming:YOUR red tape.
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Getting it Right the First Time, 6 March 2005
Author: gatebanger from United States

Peter Falk has done a lot of television over the past 45-plus years, but he is doubtless destined to be "Columbo" forever - not that this is a bad thing.

I recall seeing this, the first entry in the series, sometime in the 1970s, as a rerun, and thinking just how good it was. Watching it again over 30 years later, I find my opinion hasn't changed - this is a wonderful movie.

Most first efforts seem to vary widely from what a character becomes over time. Actors need time to grow into a role. Not, however, Peter Falk as Columbo - the man was obviously born to play this part.

Even if you've seen every episode of "Columbo" ever made twice, this one is well worth watching again. It's written to the same formula as the rest - you know who the murderer is and how the murder was done before the cops ever show up. The fun (and it is fun) is in watching Columbo figure it all out, sometimes with the unwitting aid of the murderer. And, as usual, there's "just one more thing . . ."

I do have to wonder, however, why a man who solves cases no one else can crack just can't seem to make Captain. Thirty-five years is a long time to be a Lieutenant. :-)

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