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
Columbo alludes to Columbo: Candidate for Crime (1973) in both of the episodes that immediately followed it in the original broadcast schedule. In Double Exposure, Columbo says that he has been "working late on the Hayward case." There can be little doubt that Columbo means Nelson Hayward, the politician who murders his campaign manager in "Candidate For Crime", because "Double Exposure" was the next episode after "Candidate For Crime". This is an unusual acknowledgment that Columbo must handle multiple cases at the same time. Then in the next episode, Columbo: Publish or Perish (1974), Columbo tells killer Riley Greenleaf (Jack Cassidy) that he wants to write a book about his experiences as a policeman. As an example of his potential book material, Columbo describes the plot of "Candidate For Crime". Greenleaf responds, "Lieutenant, very frankly, I don't give a damn about your Senator or your story." See more »
When they are first going through the slides Columbo put in the film, the one of him looking at the lamp is backwards. It shows him on the right and the lamp on the left. During the final look at the slide it is shown correctly. See more »
Dr. Bart Keppel:
[voiceover narration for motivational film]
Nothing can happen in this country until someone sells something. We are traditionally a nation of salesmen but, most importantly, we have advanced salesmanship to a creative art. It has been the ability of salesmen representing American products and capital around the globe that has made American business preeminent.
[as the speech continues via tape recorder, Dr. Keppel slips out, kills Vic Norris, and returns, picing up the speech many lines later]
Dr. Bart Keppel:
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Robert Culp returns yet again as a killer, here playing Dr. Bart Keppel, who is an expert at subliminal advertising, and has plotted to murder his boss(while giving himself a clever alibi) because he fears being fired. He tries to frame the victim's wife by creating an affair between the victim and a woman, but Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) isn't so sure, though the further murder of a blackmailing projectionist only convinces him of Keppel's guilt, but how to prove it? Interesting enough, with a clever resolution, though Culp's casting is a distraction; one almost expects Columbo to say to Culp upon first meeting, "Hey, didn't I already arrest you for murder twice? How did you get out of jail!?"
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