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 »


Columbo pays an office visit to Dr. Moss, who is Bo Williamson's cardiologist. To add to the comedy of the scene, the doctor insists on examining Columbo as he answers his questions. As Columbo is leaving the examining room, we see his suit jacket and raincoat folded over his right arm. In the next shot, as Columbo emerges through the door into the waiting room, his jacket and raincoat have suddenly shifted sides, and are now folded over his left arm. See more »


Elliot Markham: Lieutenant, I want you to know I admire you.
Columbo: Oh, really?
Elliot Markham: You got the courage of your conviction. That's an admirable trait - misdirected as it may be.
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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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