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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Elliot Markham
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Goldie Williamson
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Jennifer Williamson
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Bo Williamson
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Miss Sherman
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Carl
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

The text on the blackboard tends to shift and disappear as the camera angles change. Especially prominent is Markham's drawing of an Egyptian pyramid, which is seen behind him, then disappears, then reappears until he finally erases it. See more »

Quotes

Bo Williamson: I'm gonna tell you somethin', Jackson Boy: my wallet is a lot more important to me than my name.
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A satisfactory Columbo!
26 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can watch Columbo reruns all day. I find Peter Falk's portrayal as Columbo to be one of the best acts on television. There is a tremendous appeal to his character. He is fascinated by the littlest things and he knows who has done it. I wish all homicide detectives are like Columbo. In this one, a wealthy older man is killed to stop the Williamson City project of a small town. His two wives interact with each other more like friends than rivals. It is refreshing to see it happen on television during that time. Goldie, the first wife, still has a complicated relationship with a former husband of 20+ years. "We've been married for 22 years. We had no children. We got to know each other quite well" she tells Columbo. As a Columbo fan, I enjoy all the old episodes but I still watch the new ones. Anyhow, this should satisfy any Columbo fan.


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