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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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Extremely well-constructed and well-sustained Columbo adventure 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: When Columbo asks Elliot how much it would cost to dig up a construction pile, he holds his hands out in front of him, but when the scene cuts to a second camera, his left arm, at least, is behind his back. When the scene cuts back to camera #1, both hands are once again held out before him, then he sets his left hand atop a 2x4 which holds down blueprints from blowing in the wind. When the scene cuts to camera #2 again, his hand is on the blueprints but nowhere near the same 2x4.See more »
Elliot Markham:Lieutenant, anybody ever tell you you're very much like an arachnid?
Columbo:A what?
Elliot Markham:A tick. They're quite common but excessively tenacious. They hang on. They let go only under extreme prodding.
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Extremely well-constructed and well-sustained Columbo adventure, 4 June 2003
Author: The Welsh Raging Bull ( from Port Talbot, South Wales, UK

The penultimate Columbo episode to be filmed for Season 1, but actually shown as that Season's finale and one that I cannot speak of highly enough.

This story was the only one in the original series to be be officially directed by Peter Falk (after he allegedly demanded to have this privilege) and was filmed on an actual building site in Century City, California. It is an absorbing tale that deals with a architect (Patrick O'Neal) who "bumps off" a no-nonsense tycoon (Forrest Tucker in great temperamental form for 10 minutes)after the latter refuses to fund a potentially prosperous,large-scale building development.

Unlike the preceding episodes and many of the subsequent ones, Columbo is investigating a "murder" with no body (until the finale), but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

O'Neal is wonderfully arrogant in his performance as the murderer; he remains one of the most quietly confident, unflappable murderers in the show's history.

The episode builds to a classic resolution which is kick-started from the moment Columbo steps into the planning department to get permission to dig up one of the piles of the building - things balance distinctly on the edge as we think Columbo has uncharacteristically made a mistake....

One slight minus point - Falk seems compromised by the fact that he is required to stand both infront of and behind the camera: Columbo's harassment in trying to trap the murderer is almost mirrored in Falk's intermittently stiff and stern performance as the detective. Perhaps this is why he never took on the director's mantle in the series again!

Nevertheless, a decidedly high-standard, well-developed addition to the series with characteristically strong sequences of banter between hero and villain.

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