Columbo (1971–2003)
7.7/10
1,458
24 user 7 critic

Suitable for Framing 

A wealthy art collector is murdered, and all signs point to a robbery gone wrong. But the nephew's alibi is a little too convenient, and Columbo pulls a fast one to ferret out the killer.

Director:

Writers:

, (created by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Frank Simpson
...
Edna Matthews
Rosanna Huffman ...
Tracy O'Connor
...
Mitilda
...
Captain Wyler
...
Landlady
...
Sam Franklin
...
Matron
Curt Conway ...
Evans
Claude Johnson ...
Policeman
Dennis Rucker ...
Parking Boy (Joe)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1971 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ross Martin, who plays the killer, was Peter Falk's acting teacher. See more »

Goofs

At 5min 30 in the beginning, when Dale Kingston answers the door, we can see the shadow of the boom microphone moving on the door. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Columbo: Well, I'll tell ya what bothers me...
See more »

Soundtracks

Etude in E major op. 10 No. 3
by Frédéric Chopin
Heard during the murder sequence
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Art Collector
20 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ross Martin plays a successful but cold-hearted art critic named Dale Kingston who murders his wealthy uncle and art collector in order to inherit his valuable collection, and gets help from his young art student girlfriend in order to establish an alibi, but this doesn't fool Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) who is convinced of his guilt, but must break the airtight alibi, though Kingston will be forced to dispose of the girlfriend and frame his uncle's ex-wife(played by Kim Hunter) who was first to inherit the paintings, but makes the mistake of under-estimating the clever detective... Good mystery with Martin a standout and resolution quite satisfying.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who did not deserve to be murdered? dinandwoesthof
Why does no-one mention... JelloBiafra10465
Why I love this show so much bradp56
Mrs. Columbo j-m-d-b
Columbo stinks darthsidious2
Forest Whitaker as Columbo... hitchhiker_3
Discuss Suitable for Framing (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?