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"Columbo" Blueprint for Murder (1972)

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Director:
Writers:
Steven Bochco (teleplay)
William Kelley (story)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
9 February 1972 (Season 1, Episode 7)
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Extremely well-constructed and well-sustained Columbo adventure See more (10 total) »

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:
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)
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Runtime:
75 min
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Language:
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:
This is one of the very few episodes where viewers do not see the murder being committed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Goldie asks Columbo to turn around while she puts on her robe. As Goldie ties her belt, we clearly see the belt go across her back, and around her waist. Moments later, and for the rest of the scene, Goldie's belt is no longer around her waist, it is just tied at the front.See more »
Quotes:
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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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Extremely well-constructed and well-sustained Columbo adventure, 4 June 2003
Author: The Welsh Raging Bull (leighton.phillips@sihe.ac.uk) 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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