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"Columbo" Blueprint for Murder (1972)

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Writers:
Steven Bochco (teleplay)
William Kelley (story)
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Original Air Date:
9 February 1972 (Season 1, Episode 7)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Patrick O'Neal ... Elliot Markham

Janis Paige ... Goldie Williamson

Pamela Austin ... Jennifer Williamson

John Fiedler ... Doctor

Forrest Tucker ... Bo Williamson
Bettye Ackerman ... Miss Sherman

John Finnegan ... Carl
Nick Dennis ... Guard
Robert Gibbons ... Clerk
Cliff Carnell ... Officer Wilson
Jimmy Joyce ... Workman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Midori ... Miko (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Falk 
 
Writing credits
Steven Bochco (teleplay)

William Kelley (story)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Richard Levinson .... producer
William Link .... producer
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gil Melle  (as Gil Mellé)
 
Cinematography by
Lloyd Ahern (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Kaeselau 
Robert L. Kimble 
 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Set Decoration by
Charles S. Thompson (set decorations)
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William J. Hole Jr. .... assistant director (as William Hole)
 
Sound Department
Roger A. Parish .... sound
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: Mystery Movie theme
 
Other crew
Steven Bochco .... story editor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
 
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Production Companies
  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
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Runtime:
75 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The only Columbo episode directed by Peter Falk.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Elliot Markham is lecturing on Egyptian Architecture, behind him is a drawing of a cross-section of a pyramid with its passageways. When the camera zooms in on Columbo, who has just entered the lecture, and then focuses back to Elliot Markham, the passageways on the pyramid are shaped differently to what was previously shown.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.See more »

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He's just gone and not dead, 16 March 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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