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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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
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Mike Alexander
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The House Boy
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Sam (scenes deleted)
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Charles Macaulay ...
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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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17 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The jazz club in "Etude In Black" reappeared later as the basement of the wax museum in Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1972). 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

Lieutenant Columbo: Are you still with me?
Alex Benedict: I'm standing here.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Lover Man
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Composed by Jimmy Davis
Played by James Olson's combo at jazz club.
This is NOT Jimi Hendrix's "Lover Man." It's the classic jazz song.
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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
17 February 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just love Columbo and I have seen every episode from Prescription Murder to the very last one in 2003 and I have to say that this one is my 4th favourite of all time behind "Any old Port In a Storm","Identity Crisis" and "Now you see Him" and trust me this is a photo finish that is separated by a print in horse racing terms. John Cassavettes in my opinion was the coolest murderer on the show. The chemistry between John and Peter Falk is beyond amazing and you can probably tell that they were great friends of the set as well. Although not the toughest murder for Columbo to solve due to obvious clues left by Cassavettes, this one just had to be the most entertaining one to watch. Cassavettes is given no room at all to even think his plan out without Columbo harassing him every moment possible. Also Etude in Black features the absolutely brilliant Myrna Loy as Cassavettes mother in Law and she is just perfect in the role and still beautiful after all these years. Do yourself a favour and watch Etude in Black because I have about 10 times since I bought the DVD 5 years a go.


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