A self-styled "motivation research specialist" uses subliminal cues to commit a murder. Lt. Columbo is on the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Norris
Roger White
Louise Latham ...
Mrs. Norris
Tanya (as Arlene Martell) (credit only)
Danny Goldman ...
Press Photographer
John Milford ...
1st Detective
Film Editor
Richard Stahl ...
Ballistics Man
Francis De Sales ...
Patterson (as Francis DeSales)
Alma Beltran ...
Dennis Robertson ...
Detective Marley
Harry Hickox ...
2nd Detective
Ann Driscoll ...
Mrs. Halstead


Dr. Bart Keppel has a very high opinion of himself. Notwithstanding that opinion, he is being fired by Vic Norris, so Bart plans a murder, constructing a perfect alibi for himself while building evidence against the victim's wife. He kills Vic while running commentary on a promotional short film; but, even in the most perfect planning, there are bound to be some failures, and you can be sure that Lt. Columbo will find them out. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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16 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The mysterious "Tanya Baker" figures into this case while Columbo and Keppel talk on the golf course. The same exact name was used The Rockford Files: The Kirkoff Case (1974), where Jim addresses the lady at the tennis club. This is no surprise as Stephen J. Cannell wrote both episodes. See more »


When they are standing in the supermarket near the PUMPKINS there is a sign saying 'watermelons' stuck into the stand.As the entire scene plays out, you can clearly see there is not a single melon in sight, only pumpkins. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Finally got some hard evidence! What is that, Doctor? I'll be a son of a gun. A calibration converter. Do you have the key to that case? Looks like a .22. Fit nicely into a .45 automatic. That's why the barrel and chambers were clean when ballistics checked out the gun. That's a lovely touch. A converter. I never figured on a converter. And one hidden in a lamp. Doc, I woulda sworn you had a gun hidden in here - and I was trying to smoke you out - but I never figured on this.
Dr. Bart Keppel: A subliminal cut. ...
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References High Plains Drifter (1973) See more »

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One of the Best Ever
14 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Most of the 1970s Columbos are excellent and "Double Exposure" is one of the very best. The motivational psychology angle works well and offers Columbo some intriguing research to do. The villain is played by Robert Culp and this is his third and last appearance in 1970s Columbo. (He would return as the father of a villain in a 1990s episode - "Columbo Goes To College".) Culp is a class act and he brings the right balance of arrogance and likable roguishness to the part. Falk clearly loves playing against Culp and as a result he raises his game giving one of his most grounded performances as the detective. The interaction between the two is a joy and look out for Columbo's "you can't win them all" line which is the climax to some verbal jousting between him and Culp. Overall, this would be in my top 5 Columbos of all time.

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