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"Columbo" Ransom for a Dead Man (TV Episode 1971) Poster

(TV Series)

(1971)

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Produced as a second pilot for Columbo (1971) three years after Prescription: Murder (1968). Its success led to "Columbo" being made part of a rotating Mystery Movie wheel of programs for most of the 1970s.
The morning after Leslie makes the "drop", Margaret is watching "Double Indemnity", a movie about a woman who kills her husband to collect on an insurance policy.
Although Billy Goldenberg scored the opening "Columbo" stories in 1971, his commercially released "Columbo Theme" recorded as such by Norrie Paramor and His Orchestra ("Law Beat" album, Contour Records 2870 369) did not become a regular feature of the show. The theme is first heard during the helicopter sequence of "Ransom for a Dead Man" but Goldenberg did not use it as a title theme and composed mainly fresh music for "Murder by the Book" and all his subsequent scores. The "Columbo" series never had any recognizable theme tune of its own.
Peter Falk and Lee Grant costarred in the Broadway production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue.
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The plane Columbo and Leslie Williams are flying in is a 1968 Beech 36 Fixed wing single engine, registration number; N7835R.
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The only time Colombo picks a lock.
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