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


In the scene where Columbo returns to the Building and Safety office, the calendar hanging next to the clerk's desk is from 1966; "Columbo: Blueprint For Murder" was produced in 1972. See more »


Bo Williamson: You really would like to see me dead, wouldn't ya? Well, I'll tell you somethin'. It wouldn't count for much.
Elliot Markham: Well, maybe your wife will have other ideas.
Bo Williamson: No, no. It don't mean a thing because, you see, when I die, all of my money goes into trust. Oh, Jennifer will get her share every year - you can count on that - but there won't be any cash to build cities with.
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The Architect
20 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Patrick O'Neal stars as architect Elliott Markham, whose plans for a grand city named after his tycoon employer Beau Williamson(played by Forrest Tucker) are cut short by the disapproval of Beau, who blames his young wife for this unauthorized venture. Desperate, Markham kills Williamson, but conceals the body in order so that the wife will inherit, rather than a trust. His disappearance brings on Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk, who also directed for the only time) who is determined to unearth the body to prove murder, which may prove to be a most costly endeavor indeed for the police, which itself is no accident... Good entry with fine cast and plot.

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