Columbo: Season 1, Episode 7

Blueprint for Murder (9 Feb. 1972)

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Elliot Markham, a brilliant architect and con-man, murders a Texas millionaire and hides his body in order to keep his visionary construction project financed.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Elliot Markham
Goldie Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Bo Williamson
Bettye Ackerman ...
Miss Sherman
Nick Dennis ...
Robert Gibbons ...
Cliff Carnell ...
Officer Wilson
Jimmy Joyce ...


Millionaire Bo Williamson returns from two months in Europe and finds an unpleasant surprise: his second wife, Jennifer, has financed a new town construction project. Incensed, Bo confronts Elliot Markham, the architect with the original idea. Shortly thereafter, Bo disappears again, and it looks as if he's off on another European trip, but his first wife, Goldie, doesn't think so and - despite the lack of a body - gets Lt. Columbo to look into it for her. It doesn't take the detective long to sense something is indeed amiss, but where's the corpse? Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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This is one of the very few episodes where viewers do not see the murder being committed. See more »


Elliot Markham's car is a Mercedes with the number plate XSM 494. It is the same car that Ken Franklin drives in Columbo: Murder by the Book. See more »


Columbo: Uh, the point is this, Mrs. Williamson...
Goldie Williamson: My friends call me Goldie, and since I'm standing here practically naked with you, you better be my friend.
Columbo: Would you mind repeating that last sentence? I don't think I quite understood.
Goldie Williamson: I said, since I'm standing here practically naked with you, you better be my friend - and my friends call me Goldie.
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Pure murder
14 July 2007 | by (Fergus) – See all my reviews

Relative to other Columbo movies, this can only be rated a 1 (awful). I seriously do not understand what the other reviewers have seen in this appalling train-crash of a film. It was only through morbid fascination that I continued to watch it - to see what bizarre or inept decision the director would make next.

Another reviewer suggested that it was Falk's only directorial outing because it interfered with his acting role. In fact, I think the real reason lies with the studio bosses, who must have been horrified when they saw what he had done with their money. It's a wonder they didn't murder HIM.

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