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"Columbo" Blueprint for Murder (1972)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
9 February 1972 (Season 1, Episode 7)
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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One of my favourite Columbo episodes, and hits all the right buttons See more (10 total) »


 (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:
Lars Hensen ... Man in Line (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Man in Line (uncredited)
Midori ... Miko (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Man at Dedication (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Dedication (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Falk 
Writing credits
Steven Bochco (teleplay by)

William Kelley (story by)

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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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75 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004)

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The only Columbo episode directed by Peter Falk.See more »
Continuity: Bo's body language says he'll hit Elliot with his right hand, but when the scene jumps to a different camera, Bo slaps Elliot's face with his left hand instead.See more »
Columbo:Uh, the point is this, Mrs. Williamson...
Goldie Williamson:My friends call me Goldie, and since I'm standing here practically naked with you, you better be my friend.
Columbo:Would you mind repeating that last sentence? I don't think I quite understood.
Goldie Williamson:I said, since I'm standing here practically naked with you, you better be my friend - and my friends call me Goldie.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of my favourite Columbo episodes, and hits all the right buttons, 25 February 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I have been a big Columbo fan for a while now, and Blueprint for Murder is one of my favourites. The episode is a little slow-moving, my only minor complaint, other than that for me this is quintessential Columbo and hits all the right buttons.

The episode looks striking, what a vast majority of the Columbo episodes have in common is that they are great to look at and Blueprint for Murder is no exception. The photography is very good, while the locations and costumes are very pleasing to the eye. The music is great, fits right into the 70s and doesn't interfere too much with any crucial scenes. Blueprint for Murder is for me one of the more cleverly written episodes, it has a great mix of being funny and suspenseful, and the story is always interesting and crafty.

The acting is very well done. Peter Falk is brilliant in the lead, as he always was, and he directs very well too. Patrick O'Neal is a perfect foil for him, Elliot Markham is one of the most memorable and craftiest culprits in the Columbo line in my view, and O'Neal's performance and how he interacts with Falk is part of the reason why.

All in all, great Columbo mystery. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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