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"Columbo" Suitable for Framing (TV Episode 1971) - Plot Summary Poster

(TV Series)

(1971)

Plot Summary

  • 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
  • When a wealthy art collector is murdered, Lieutenant Columbo refuses to suspect the millionaire's ex-wife, whom numerous clues point to as the killer. He instead persists in pursuing the victim's nephew, prominent art critic Dale Kingston, who apparently has an airtight alibi for the murder. Kingston believes in his carefully wrought plan to frame his aunt and refuses to believe that Columbo can be taken seriously. He is dead wrong.

    - Written by Leaper
  • Noted art critic Dale Kingston kills his uncle. Despite Columbo's suspicions, all the clues point to the dead man's ex-wife. Can Columbo reveal the true culprit before it is too late?

    - Written by cc2

Synopsis

Dale Kingston (Ross Martin) is a renown LA art critic. At the luxurious mansion of his uncle, wealthy Frank Simpson (Don Ameche)...

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