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"Columbo" Suitable for Framing (1971)

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Original Air Date:
17 November 1971 (Season 1, Episode 4)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Ross Martin ... Dale Kingston

Don Ameche ... Frank Simpson

Kim Hunter ... Edna Matthews
Rosanna Huffman ... Tracy O'Connor

Joan Shawlee ... Mitilda

Barney Phillips ... Captain Wyler

Mary Wickes ... Landlady

Vic Tayback ... Sam Franklin

Sandra Gould ... Matron
Curt Conway ... Evans
Claude Johnson ... Policeman
Dennis Rucker ... Parking Boy (Joe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Hausner ... Coroner (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Jack Nance ... Gardener (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest at Art Gallery (uncredited)
Kenny Salvatt ... Party Guest at Art Gallery (uncredited)

Robert Shayne ... Rudy Matthews (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Hy Averback 
 
Writing credits
Jackson Gillis (written by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Richard Levinson .... producer
William Link .... producer
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography) (as Russell L. Metty)
 
Film Editing by
Buddy Small  (as Budd Small)
 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman (set decorations)
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilbert Mandelik .... assistant director (as Gil Mandelik)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: theme
 
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steven Bochco .... story editor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
 
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Runtime:
USA:76 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2001) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
When art critic Dale Kingston is attending an art exhibit as an attempt to create an alibi, the background music is a Latin rhythm arrangement of "Pictures at an Exhibition."See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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:Oh, listen, one more thing...
[Kingston groans in exasperation]
Lt. Columbo:It'll just... it'll just take a second. I stopped by your apartment a few times.
Dale Kingston:Why, do you want to search my place?
Lt. Columbo:No. Just to ask you something about art. You said you had some books and things there that I could see.
Dale Kingston:You may look at anything you wish. You can snoop in all of my closets. You can peek under the beds. You won't find any stolen paintings.
Lt. Columbo:Oh, really, I've never said anything about...
Dale Kingston:[removes key from key ring] Here, would you like the key to my apartment? You may simply leave it under the mat when you leave.
Lt. Columbo:Oh, really, I...
Dale Kingston:No, no, go ahead, I insist. See what I live like, find out what kind of human being I am, learn everything you can about me.
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Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Gut Instinct, 5 August 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A nice cast is the prime attraction for this Columbo episode where a noted art critic murders his uncle in order to inherit his art collection. Ross Martin plays the critic who is one of the least sympathetic villains ever in a Columbo feature.

For one thing Martin commits two murders, not only the uncle but also of a fawning art student whom he cons into helping him with the murder. And also he spends the entire episode smirking at Peter Falk who can't quite touch him. Finally when cornered a bit, he throws suspicion on the estranged wife of the victim played by Kim Hunter.

Actually Martin should have gotten away with it. He very cleverly faked the time of death with a really simple gimmick I won't reveal to give himself an alibi. But since Columbo got the scent he spent the episode just working on gut instinct that Martin was the killer.

Don Ameche as the family attorney, Rosanna Huffman as the luckless art student and Mary Wickes as her landlady all contribute nicely to the story. But Martin is one villain you are really glad to see Columbo nail.

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