Columbo: Season 2, Episode 1

Étude in Black (17 Sep. 1972)

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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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Paul Rifkin
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Janice Benedict
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Jenifer Welles
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Lizzy Fielding
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Billy Jones
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Mike Alexander
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Sam (scenes deleted)
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Charles Macaulay ...
Durkee
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

The position of the carnation dropped under the piano is first shown to the left of the piano leg, then under the piano not near the piano leg, then finally behind the piano leg. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Columbo: I never got to ask you last night what I wanted to ask ya.
Alex Benedict: Go ahead.
Lieutenant Columbo: Terrific place. Terrific.
Alex Benedict: Thank you. We like it.
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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Composed by Euphemia Allen (aka Arthur de Lulle) 1877
Played by Peter Falk on piano.
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One of my personal favorites!
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This Columbo episode is one of the better and perhaps one of my personal favorites. The cast includes Rosemary's Baby John Cassavetes as the maestro, his wife played by Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow's mom) and his mother-in-law played by Myrna Loy (one of America's greatest leading actresses in film of our time). Anyway I disagree with anybody who criticizes against this film. This episode is one of my favorites because you have an excellent cast who do a superb job in performing. I love watching Columbo with his beloved dog who he never names in the series. This time, the episode focuses in on classical music at the Hollywood Bowl, one of L.A.'s attractions. Of course, Columbo becomes as interested in classical music as he does anything else involving a crime.


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