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 ...
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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

While Alex Benedict takes great pains not to leave fingerprints from his right hand as he climbs through the washroom window, John Cassavetes rests his bare left hand on the tiled wall at least twice, leaving distinct hand and fingerprints. See more »

Quotes

Alex Benedict: Am I too late for the lynching?
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik
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Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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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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