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)
Michael Fox ...
Dawn Frame ...
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Charles Macaulay ...
Durkee
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Columbo interviews Paul Rifkin, the horn player in the jazz bar, the whiskey bottle to Paul's right disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Columbo: Oh, she could've passed out from the gas. And she coulda fallen off that chair and she could have bumped her head; but, uh... you know, that was a pretty good bump. You know, someone coulda hit her.
Alex Benedict: That's just an assumption on your part.
Lieutenant Columbo: Right. Very difficult to prove.
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References A New Leaf (1971) See more »

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Chopsticks
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Composed by Euphemia Allen (aka Arthur de Lulle) 1877
Played by Peter Falk on piano.
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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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