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20 February 1968 (USA) See more »
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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Very fine television murder mystery which introduced Falk's Lt. Columbo See more (34 total) »


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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
Crew verified as complete

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100 min | 99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1996)

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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 »
Continuity: When Dr. Flemming is talking with Lt. Colombo in his office, the doctor's glass swaps from his left hand to his right between shots.See more »
Burt Gordon:I think a toast is in order. To our host and hostess on the tenth anniversary of their horrible mistake.
[Carol Flemming makes a sound of protest]
Dr. Ray Flemming:You'd better rephrase that, counselor.
Burt Gordon:Pleasure, Your Honor. To the two finest people I ever knew. Here's to ten more years of happiness!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Another You (1991)See more »


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13 out of 13 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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