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, 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

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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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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 »

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Lt. Columbo: No splices.
Dr. Bart Keppel: Oh, that's too bad. What a shame. It was such a good idea.
Lt. Columbo: 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.
Lt. Columbo: Doctor, I don't think I'm gonna find a 2nd print.
Dr. Bart Keppel: Really? Why not?
Lt. Columbo: 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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Great storytelling
11 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Classic episode. Cannell's script is spot on with great Columbo traits and dialogue. Holds up thirty yeas later as good as any writing currently on TV. Culp is well cast and has the right amount of smugness--"Dr. Keppel" is the type of character you love to see foiled by his own invention.


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