Columbo: Season 1, Episode 4

Suitable for Framing (17 Nov. 1971)

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Noted art critic Dale Kingston kills his uncle. Despite Columbo's suspicions, all the clues point to the dead man's ex-wife. Can Columbo reveal the true culprit before it is too late?

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Lt. Columbo investigates the murder of Rudy Matthews, an art collector found shot to death in his home. The killer is the dead man's nephew, art critic Dale Kingston, who, with the help of his accomplice Tracy O'Connor, effectively masks the time of death to give himself an alibi at an art exhibit. From the outset, Columbo can't quite understand why the thief would have first selected a painting of lesser value before suddenly switching to the two most valuable paintings after the killing. Kingston tries to point Columbo in the direction of his aunt, Matthews' ex-wife Edna. The fact that Matthews left his entire art collection to her seems to support that idea. Columbo isn't buying it and sets a clever trap for him. Written by garykmcd / corrected by statmanjeff

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Rosanna Huffman who portrays Ross Martin's girlfriend, Tracy O'Connor, is the wife of series co-creator - and writer of this episode - Richard Levinson See more »

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When Columbo sets down his coffee cup and unrolls the painting of the blue horse, he holds the painting open with both hands, left hand holding his cigar. Camera changes to a shot of the painting from Columbo's perspective, now held only with his right hand, left hand gone. When the scene reverts to the previous camera, both hands again hold the painting, but now his cigar has impossibly transferred to his right hand. Also, the coffee cup which Columbo set on the table has moved, now twice as far from the edge as where Columbo placed it. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: I'm sorry... I'm terribly sorry...
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by Modest Mussorgsky
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Columbo in the world of art

Dale Kingston (Ross Martin), a famed art critic kills his uncle for his notable collection of paintings.And so enters Lt.Columbo the scene smoking cigars and asking questions.Columbo:Suitable for Framing (1971) is another great installment to the Columbo series.There was always a great deal of humor there.It's quite funny when that lady is showing him all those photos and he's anxious of seeing just one.Peter Falk is really one of the kind and the only one that could play this character.Ross Martin makes a great villain.Kim Hunter plays the victim's ex-wife Edna Matthews.The legendary Don Ameche is Frank Simpson.I had fun, once again, watching Columbo solving the crime.Columbo never lets me down.


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