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
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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Trivia

Blythe Danner was about five months pregnant with Gwyneth Paltrow during the filming of this episode. See more »

Goofs

Lt. Colombo states that the maestro's car had been driven while in the repair shop. He comes to this conclusion by stating that the number on the speedometer had changed. The speedometer measures speed, and doesn't record a figure. The odometer does that. 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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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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Classic Music in Etude in Black
27 July 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was an amazing episode!! I'm a huge Columbo fan and and this one is up there with my favorites.

Does anyone know the name of the piece that Mr. Benedict is rehearsing with the orchestra in the second to last scene? Its the song where he asked them to play it 'like a fantasy'.

Actually, Columbo used this piece in another episode "The Most Crucial Game' when he is in the office with Wagner's lawyer and Paul Hanlon.

I'm currently catching up on episodes that I have not scene, and I realized that I have a far way to go. The only drawback in this one is that I found it a little intrusive of Columbo to ask Mr. Benedict about the price of his house and all of his possessions. Most people wouldn't answer such questions. It could probably be due tot he fact that he is a cop.

Please help if you can. RIP Peter!


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