The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
Jesse L. Martin,
Dr. Bart Keppel has a very high opinion of himself, but, notwithstanding his opinion, he is being fired by Vic Norris. So he decides to plan a murder, a perfect alibi for himself and evidence against Mrs. Norris. He kills Vic while running commentary on a promotional short film. But there are bound to be some failures, even in the most perfect planning. And you can be sure that Lt. Columbo will find out these failures. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
'Chuck Mccann (I)', who plays Keppler's projectionist, played the title role in the 1971 movie, The Projectionist (1971). See more »
Columbo had those photos of himself shot to splice them into the 35mm movie print, to lure out the murderer. The photos taken are 35mm slides (he shows them framed) and Columbo only stated that he had them processed and spliced into the film. Problem: Those slides would have to be converted into 35mm cine film frames. 35mm cine film runs vertical as opposed to the horizontal stills camera film. So the slides had to be rotated 90 degrees, reduced in size, the edges chopped to fit into the standard 35mm full frame "academy" aspect ratio (the movie shown was not wide-screen but rather "academy", similar to standard 16mm or Super8mm. In the 1970s, test screenings used a mechanically linked soundtrack (either 35mm or 17.5mm with 35mm sprocket holes, as opposed to the final optical (or magnetical) soundtrack-on-film, so the soundtrack and in-sync wouldn't be affected by the splice as long as no frames are missing. This all takes place in LA where all kinds of specialized labs are, but still, this is a very complex procedure involving highly specialized optical step printer facilities. Can't find those in a matter of hours, not even in LA. See more »
Dr. Bart Keppel:
Oh, that's too bad. What a shame. It was such a good idea.
There could have been two prints.
Dr. Bart Keppel:
Two prints! Well that's an interesting notion too. If I were you, I'd get busy and find that 2nd print... Your entire case could rest on that.
Doctor, I don't think I'm gonna find a 2nd print.
Dr. Bart Keppel:
Really? Why not?
I think the criminal in this case is much too intelligent to leave that kind of evidence around. Course I'm gonna check all the film duplicating labs... but I got a feeling this guy ...
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I must admit, that this episode of Columbo, is one of the "least good" I have seen. And it's defiantly a disappointment, looking at the era it's from, as the early/mid 70's was vintage Columbo.
If comparing it to the much better episode, "Publish Or Perish" which is from the exact same time, then "Double Exposure" lacks a lot of things. It lacks some nice direction touches (like the famous clip of a murderer hiding the deceased, is shown in his glasses, in an earlier episode. Or opening 'bombing' in "Publish or Perish"). The way Robert Culp (as Dr. Keppel) responds to Columbo's persistent inquiries seems forced and the character starts to look rather silly (in the non-humorist way), and he defiantly lacks the reliability of previous "crocks".
Also, it because clear, quite early, that everyone is aware of who the murderer is. And Columbo states (too) early, that he knows it all, which leaves the final end as an anti-climax, as all he needs is the striking evidence.
Of course the episode contains good moments, like the scene at the golf course. But all in all, not Columbo at his best, or even at his high average.
(5 out of 10)
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