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(1968 TV Movie)

Goofs

Jump to: Character error (1) | Continuity (3) | Factual errors (1) | Miscellaneous (2) | Revealing mistakes (4)

Character error 

At the airport check-in, "Mrs Flemming" is asked if she has any hand luggage to carry on and she replies; "No." Yet she clearly has a large white handbag on her arm.
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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.
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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.
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When Dr. Flemming returns to argue with his wife at 1 AM, Los Angeles appears from their balcony in the light of dusk, the same lighting that appears in another scene (actually set at dusk). Another reviewer points out that you can see a shadow on that LA backdrop in a scene.
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Factual errors 

Near the end, when the receptionist tries to call Miss Hudson from Dr. Flemming's office, she dials only six numbers.
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Miscellaneous 

The reception room at Dr. Fleming's office features a distinctive painting of trees and white houses with red roofs, which is prominent in several scenes. This same painting later appears in Columbo: Suitable for Framing, as part of the art collection sliced and stolen by Dale Kingston. In its return appearance, this painting is also part of a goof because it magically mends itself and returns to the wall, after it was vandalized and removed.
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During the anniversary toast at the beginning, there is a round of applause by the guests after the toast. However, all the guest have champagne glasses in their hands and no one is clapping.
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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.
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When Dr. Flemming smashes the balcony window, his shadow can be seen on the background, revealing it to be a simple backdrop.
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You can see stage lights shining on the view from the balcony, also revealing the balcony view as a backdrop.
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(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.
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