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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:
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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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interesting, early Columbo See more (21 total) »

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)
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
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Tracy leaves the mansion, she pushes open the sliding door that had been altered to look like it was jimmied open, and left it wide open while she exited the premises. Moments later, the security guard explores that direction and the sliding doors are once again closed.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:Well, I'll tell ya what bothers me...See more »
Soundtrack:
Etude in E major op. 10 No. 3See more »

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
interesting, early Columbo, 10 December 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Dale Kingston (Ross Martin) is a TV personality and art critic who knocks off his uncle in order to inherit his art collection. To do so, he enlists the help of a bedazzled, untalented art student, whom he promises to help with her career. The two make it look like a robbery, Kingston intending to frame his uncle's ex-wife (and heir), played by Kim Hunter. It might have worked, but guess who's assigned to the case.

This is very entertaining, and of course, the original Columbos like this one were the best. A couple of the plot points are similar to the pilot for the series, which starred Gene Barry. Dangling the prospect of marriage, Barry uses his girlfriend in a plot to kill his wife.

Ross Martin was an effective actor who died too young, and he's marvelous as the critic, and Kim Hunter is fabulous as the frail, ditsy, ex-wife. One of the posters seemed to know her from Planet of the Apes. She has a few other credits, including the role of Stella in the original "Streetcare Named Desire," which she repeated in the film version and won an Oscar. She would be blacklisted during the McCarthy era, but she overcame this and continued her career. Her testimony to the New York Supreme Court in 1962 against the publishers of "Red Channels" helped pave the way for clearance of many performers unjustly accused of Communist connections.

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