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When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

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Ken Franklin
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Joanna Ferris
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Jim Ferris
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Lilly La Sanka
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Gloria Jr. (as Lynnette Mettey)
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Ken Franklin is a rich socialite living in a luxurious coastal mansion bought from his years in connection to a series of popular crime and mystery books written entirely by his business partner. He turns his one and only original idea for fiction into reality as he murders his exiting partner to maintain his lifestyle and then desperately tries to cover up his crime due to a blackmailing witness. Columbo arrives on the scene to begin pestering his suspect with questions about the murder. Mr. Franklin soon realizes that no murder is perfect, and his own clever plot may return to haunt him. Written by Scott Dawson <sdawson@easynet.co.uk> / revised by statmanjeff

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15 September 1971 (USA)  »

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The inscribed mystery novel that Ken Franklin gives to Miss LaSanka is titled "Prescription: Murder", the same title as the first Columbo movie, Prescription: Murder (1968). See more »

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Lilly La Sanka dips strawberries in sugar and eats them, while talking to Ken Franklin. In a shot looking toward Franklin, we see that Lilly is holding an entire strawberry, still coated with sugar at the tip. A moment later (and also in the previous shot), before she can take a bite, we see that Lilly's strawberry is half-devoured. See more »

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[first lines]
[Jim works in his office]
Jim Ferris: [knock on the door] Who is it?
[another knock on the door]
Jim Ferris: [He opens the door - Ken is aiming a gun at his face. Jim laughs]
Ken Franklin: Oh, you're not intimidated.
Jim Ferris: Oh, come on, Ken. You're forgetting that I'm one-half of the world's greatest mystery-writing team? You, ah, don't have gloves on, your finger's not on the trigger, and there are no bullets in the cylinder.
Ken Franklin: [smiling] You're right. I'm a lousy practical joker.
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Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'
Composed by Billy Goldenberg
Heard during the bar scene
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Simple but great
11 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Cassidy plays the bad guy with oily charm and arrogance. The plot centers around Cassidy as a talentless member of a writing team whose other member wants to call it quits. Cassidy has other ideas, killing his partner for greed and a "not too bright" spinster who knows more than what's good for her trying to blackmail him. Columbo (the superb Peter Falk) is on to him from minute one. Enjoyed watching Columbo's "cooking skills"....and Columbo annoying his suspect. There are better episodes but this one doesn't disappoint. Cassidy always makes for a nice adversary with his superior attitude and superficial charm. The scenes where he sweet talks the blackmailing woman show his phoniness and creepiness to the fullest. Its a joy watching Columbo throw a wrench in the works.


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