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

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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:
Originally written as a Broadway play, the production was out of town bound for Broadway in 1962 when Thomas Mitchell (who was playing Columbo) died. The production closed and the script was later reworked for television. This film, which established Peter Falk as the definitive Lt. Columbo, was adapted from the 1962 play by the same authors. The play in turn had been adapted from "The Chevy Mystery Show: Enough Rope (#1.10)" (1960), in which Bert Freed originated the role of Columbo.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Dr Flemming is strangling his wife, he is directly behind her, the top of her head at his eye level and her hair almost touching his face. But in the closeups of his face during the struggle she isn't in the shot.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:I was wondering, Doctor, would you take me on as a patient?
Dr. Ray Flemming:Take you on as a what?
Lt. Columbo:No, I mean it. Maybe you can help me. I don't know, There must be something wrong with me. I seem to bother people. I seem to make them nervous. Maybe you can tell me why.
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35 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Born running, 22 September 2003
Author: Grrrim from yeah...London

Finally managed to catch the very first appearance of Colombo today and I must say my respect for the character and Peter Falk is not only supported but strengthened.

Looking back 35 years it's hard to think that this is in fact the first appearance. With most characters and shows there's some level of evolution, working out the flaws and building up the depth. But this is the first time I've seen a genesis of a character so purely defined from the very beginning.

Although the dirty long coat barely has a wrinkle, along with Falk's face, the man looks like he was born for the part. It's as if the character was thrust up from the earth already carved in granite.

Most of the time when an actor is so deeply associated with a role it is a pity he was not able to explore other characters and develop a broader identity as an actor. Most notably William Shatner, a great actor in the 60s who created a defining character for the next few decades but was never able to break from that limited role and instead largely wasted his given talents in the part. However Falk in his defining role cannot be considered to have wasted his skills. Instead redefining and refining the character to the point where it becomes as much as a living breathing person as fiction could be.

It is very fact that in this first appearance Falk is so suited to the role that you realise that the actor could not be wasting his time pursuing a role he was obviously born to play.

Everything is here for an excellent murder mystery, the perfect plan, the cunning criminal and the dogged detective. Very close to perfection.

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