Columbo: Season 3, Episode 4

Double Exposure (16 Dec. 1973)

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

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Cast

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

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 »

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When Keppel leaves Columbo in the grocery, he walks along the back of the store, passing by a lady in red heading in the opposite direction. When Keppel reaches the far corner of the store, the lady in red is there ahead of him, shopping. See more »

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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]
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One of the most interesting Columbo episodes
13 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't put Double Exposure up there with the very best of the Columbo episodes, but it is one of the better and more interesting ones. While the episode does start off a tad slow, where Double Exposure interests most is in the subliminal images/cues which are very well-done.

Visually, once again Double Exposure looks great with fine photography, lighting, costumes and locations, and the music both adds to the atmosphere and fits well with the 1970s period. The story has very rare a dull moment, has some great interaction between Falk and Culp, has some decent clues and a well thought-out ending where Culp's character is at his most interesting, while the script has its funny and thoughtful moments as one would expect.

The cast do very well and are helped by some good direction. Peter Falk is stellar as always, and Robert Culp is also rock-solid and delightfully snotty. Overall, very interesting, well thought-out and beautifully played. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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