Columbo (1971–2003)
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Double Exposure 

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 Baker (as Arlene Martell) (credit only)
Danny Goldman ...
Press Photographer
1st Detective
Film Editor
Richard Stahl ...
Ballistics Man
Patterson (as Francis DeSales)
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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The mysterious Tanya Baker figures into this case while Columbo and Kepple talk on the golf course. The same name was used The Rockford Files: The Kirkoff Case (1974), when Jim Rockford addresses a woman of that name at a tennis club. Stephen J. Cannell wrote both episodes. See more »


When Columbo is riding in the golf cart with Dr. Kepple, there are no golf clubs on the cart and Dr. Kepple uses the same club for three consecutive shots, including one near the green - something no golfer would do. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Oh, by the way, sir, before I interfere with your swing... I won't be able to be your alibi for last night when Mr. White was shot.
Dr. Bart Keppel: I'm so sorry to hear that. Why not?
Lt. Columbo: Because I was only with you from 7:30 on... and Mr. White was killed before 7:30.
Dr. Bart Keppel: That's more speculation?
Lt. Columbo: No, sir. Mr. White was not killed during the second reel of that film. He was killed during the first reel, and that would have given you plenty of time to get to your office.
Dr. Bart Keppel: How did you come up with this conclusion?
Lt. Columbo: ...
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References High Plains Drifter (1973) See more »

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One of the very best Columbo-episodes
21 December 2000 | by (Alkmaar, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"Double Exposure" is one of the best in this long running series that peaked in the 70's to my opinion. As these films are no whodunnit's, the detective's opponent needs to be a strong character. You bet Robert Culp is one.And he is in top-form as Bart Keppel with his 'subliminal cuts' in advertisement. I think I've seen this one about ten times now and it's still very good entertainment. Note : Culp is also in one or two other episodes, notably in 'The Most Crucial Game'. Brilliant cat-and-mouse-play.

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