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

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  • 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
  • A popular art critic kills his uncle to increase his chances of inheriting his uncle's prized art collection and tries to pin the crime on his slightly scatterbrained aunt. He is helped by an accomplice who steals the two most valuable paintings, but when she becomes a liability, he kills her and tries to make her death look like it had been caused by an accidental fall down a mountainside.

  • 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
  • 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.


Dale Kingston (Ross Martin) is a renown LA art critic. At the luxurious mansion of his uncle, wealthy Rudy Matthews (Robert Shayne)...

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