Columbo (1971–2003)
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Blueprint for Murder 

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
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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9 February 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The only Columbo episode directed by Peter Falk. See more »


While on construction site Columbo is not wearing a hard hat when clearly it states any persons entering or visiting a construction site must wear a hard hat. See more »


Elliot Markham: [as Columbo enters] Ah, the omnipresent constable!
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One of my favourite Columbo episodes, and hits all the right buttons
25 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have been a big Columbo fan for a while now, and Blueprint for Murder is one of my favourites. The episode is a little slow-moving, my only minor complaint, other than that for me this is quintessential Columbo and hits all the right buttons.

The episode looks striking, what a vast majority of the Columbo episodes have in common is that they are great to look at and Blueprint for Murder is no exception. The photography is very good, while the locations and costumes are very pleasing to the eye. The music is great, fits right into the 70s and doesn't interfere too much with any crucial scenes. Blueprint for Murder is for me one of the more cleverly written episodes, it has a great mix of being funny and suspenseful, and the story is always interesting and crafty.

The acting is very well done. Peter Falk is brilliant in the lead, as he always was, and he directs very well too. Patrick O'Neal is a perfect foil for him, Elliot Markham is one of the most memorable and craftiest culprits in the Columbo line in my view, and O'Neal's performance and how he interacts with Falk is part of the reason why.

All in all, great Columbo mystery. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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