Columbo: Season 2, Episode 1

Étude in Black (17 Sep. 1972)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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An amoral conductor murders the gifted pianist with whom he is having an affair. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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Episode complete credited cast:
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Paul Rifkin
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Janice Benedict
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Jenifer Welles
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Lizzy Fielding
James McEachin ...
Billy
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Mike Alexander
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The House Boy
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Sam (scenes deleted)
Michael Fox ...
Dawn Frame ...
Audrey
Charles Macaulay ...
Durkee
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Everett
Wallace Chadwell ...
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Music conductor Alex Benedict has an affair with a pianist. When the pianist threatens to reveal their affair to Benedict's wife, whose wealthy mother owns the company on which Benedict's career is dependent, Benedict decides to permanently silence his mistress. He arranges for her death to look like a suicide by kitchen stove gas asphyxiation. Lieutenant Columbo, a cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, doesn't believe the pianist took her own life and suspects that Benedict was responsible for her death. He pesters Benedict with constant questions as he searches for clues to place Benedict at the murder scene. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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pianist | murder | conductor | lover | mistress | See more »


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17 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This is the debut episode for Dog, Columbo's pet basset hound. See more »

Goofs

Janice Benedict's hair, at the end, just before she accompanies Columbo and Alex into the screening room to watch the incriminating video, is swept up in a bun behind her head. When she enters the room (it's a continuous scene, leaving no opportunity for Janice to change hair styles), her hair is down in a long ponytail. See more »

Quotes

Paul Rifkin: You're not for real, Lieutenant. The only thing next door is a laundromat.
Lieutenant Columbo: Well, there USED to be a cigar store.
Paul Rifkin: You're not a jazz freak. You made a special trip over here to see me. Why?
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References A New Leaf (1971) See more »

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6th Symphony, 4th Movement
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Wonderful interaction between Cassavetes and Falk.
10 September 2004 | by (Knoxville, TN) – See all my reviews

Interesting to see this movie 30 years later; it's still good theater, even better TV. I think the unique qualities of this particular Columbo episode may have been largely due to the relationship between Falk and Cassavetes off screen, but it certainly worked in this show. This one reiterated Columbo's quirky, irritating methods; and again, one of the reasons the entire series was so watchable was the low-key progression of the drama. This is one of the few 'cop shows' I ever watch because it's based in human interaction and pyschological issues, not in violent shocks. I think Bochco did a very good job on this film.


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