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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9 February 1972 (USA)  »

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


Goldie asks Columbo to turn around while she puts on her robe. As Goldie ties her belt, we clearly see the belt go across her back, and around her waist. Moments later, and for the rest of the scene, Goldie's belt is no longer around her waist, it is just tied at the front. See more »


Jennifer Williamson: Lieutenant, I may not be the brightest lady in the world, but I do know whether I made a phone call or not.
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He's just gone and not dead
16 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Forrest Tucker is a stereotypical Texas millionaire who keeps a careful close watch on his money. So when architect Patrick O'Neal prematurely starts work on a project named after Tucker, Tucker blows up and threatens to cancel the whole thing. It's something his wife Pamela Austin and O'Neal cooked up in any event. But O'Neal has a lot invested in this in terms of reputation and posterity. So Tucker has to be killed.

First wife Janis Paige calls the police and of course she gets Columbo. This one is a puzzler for Peter Falk. O'Neal has hidden Tucker's body well and while there are hints that he's gone, that's it, he's just gone and not dead. No body and things just continue on as if he were alive and Austin spends his money.

It's one elaborate ruse that Falk uses to trap O'Neal. In the end it's all worth while though. O'Neal is a particularly smug perpetrator and it's a pleasure to see him cornered.

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