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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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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)
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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:
Ross Martin, who plays the killer, was Peter Falk's acting teacher.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Whilst in the TV studio, after having his make-up removed, Kingston buttons up the collar of his shirt and adjusts his tie. A few seconds later he again buttons up his shirt collar and arranges his tie.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:I'm gonna tell you something. Do you know that there is a reasonable explanation for everything, if you just put your mind to it? Course, sometimes these things... pop up. Like with alibis. Do you know in most cases, people, they don't remember what time it is. They forget all that. Like the artist fella; he's all mixed up about the time. And Mrs. Matthews... she don't even remember what time she went to bed last night!
Dale Kingston:Being sober might help, I suppose.
Lt. Columbo:Now with you, Mr. Kingston, it's just the opposite. Very unusual. With you, we know exactly where you were, and when. Not only that, we know your whole car was empty.
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Soundtrack:
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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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