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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
 (From FilmJunk. 24 June 2011, 5:21 PM, PDT)

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Very fine television murder mystery which introduced Falk's Lt. Columbo 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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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: When Dr. Flemming smashes the balcony window, his shadow can be seen on the background, revealing it to be a simple backdrop.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Ray Flemming:Is there something I can do for you?
Lt. Columbo:Oh no, not really, doctor, no. I, I just came up to bring back your pen. I forgot to give it to you at the inquest.
[hands it over]
Dr. Ray Flemming:Well thanks, I missed it.
Lt. Columbo:You know, that's my trouble, I got a bad memory. My wife tells me I ought to have strings on all ten fingers.
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Referenced in Another You (1991)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Very fine television murder mystery which introduced Falk's Lt. Columbo, 24 March 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

A successful California psychiatrist plots the murder of his wife of ten years using his actress-girlfriend as a ruse; Lt. Columbo gets the case. Near-terrific yarn provided the introduction of Peter Falk in a role which soon became part of television legend. Writers William Link and Richard Levinson based their teleplay on an off-Broadway show of theirs, and they do not disappoint in this earliest incarnation of the wily, cigar-chomping lieutenant (Falk even says his famous line, "Oh, and just one more thing..."). The Universal production is smooth and spotless, the music score amusingly intense, and the performances couldn't be improved upon--particularly Gene Barry's as the too-cool, not-rumpled doctor. The only problems with Link and Levinson's script come late in the game, after Columbo gets uncharacteristically tough and mean with Barry's girlfriend and then plays a little dirty pool. The denouement is tricky and fun, if a bit unfair to the audience.

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