Columbo: Season 1, Episode 4

Suitable for Framing (17 Nov. 1971)

TV Episode  |  PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Noted art critic Dale Kingston kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. Despite Columbo's suspicions, all the clues point to the dead man's ex-wife. Can the lieutenant 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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The barely-glimpsed actor playing Dale Kingston's uncle is B-movie icon Robert Shayne, who played Inspector Henderson on the "Superman" TV series. See more »

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While in the TV studio, Columbo asks Dale if the coffee machine works and Dale confirms it does. After Columbo puts coins in the coffee machine, he instantly removes the cup of coffee from the machine (which should have taken some time for the machine to fill). Columbo waves the hand holding the coffee around as if the cup was empty while talking to Dale. In the same scene we see the cup in his right hand, then it mysteriously disappears, only to re-appear at the end of the scene, where Columbo puts the cup on a table after having never once taken a sip of coffee. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: [coming to talk with Dale Kingston after he finishes hosting his TV art program] Uh, so this is a television studio, huh?
Dale Kingston: Yes.
Lt. Columbo: Quite a place.
Dale Kingston: Well, it's a barn, really. I'm sure it's not as glamorous as you thought it'd be.
Lt. Columbo: That's right, it isn't, uh, but things aren't really what they seem to be, are they?
Dale Kingston: My, how observant you are.
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Promenade
from Pictures at an Exhibition
by Modest Mussorgsky
Heard during the cocktail party sequence in the art gallery
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A Better Columbo!
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Columbo and I won't deny it. A relative got me hooked on it when I was younger. It's one of the better episodes. I love watching Columbo going to the art gallery. That's a classic comic scene in my opinion. Alice's Vic Tayback plays an artist and Oscar winner Kim Hunter also has a small part. Who would have thought that paintings and art would be an interesting topic for a Columbo episode but it works just fine. Anyway, the classic scene is how Columbo approaches art more like somebody who would mistaken air conditioning for a work of art than an art expert. The episode focuses on art, greed, and family relations. All in all, the episode is one of the better ones of Columbo. It's worth noting to see Vic Tayback and Kim Hunter in it as well.


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