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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)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Dedication (uncredited)

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
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
DistributorsOther Companies

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)

Did You Know?

This is one of the very few episodes where viewers do not see the murder being committed.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Elliot Markham's car is a Mercedes with the number plate XSM 494. It is the same car that Ken Franklin drives in "Columbo: Murder by the Book (#1.1)" (1971).See more »
Doctor:Are you looking for something?
Columbo:Uh, do you have a lighter?
Doctor:You won't find one here, Lieutenant. And let me give you some free medical advise: stop smoking those things.
Columbo:Well, I-I've been trying.
Doctor:Trying isn't good enough. Remember, I deal in pacemakers.
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3 out of 3 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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