Columbo: Season 3, Episode 4

Double Exposure (16 Dec. 1973)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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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 stage and theatre where Dr. Kepple shows his movie with subliminal cuts in "Double Exposure", with its gold curtain and distinctive stairs at stage right, is the same place where Dr. Mason delivers his motivational speech in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978). See more »

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When Columbo arrives at a back office with monitors, he's being tracked by a videocamera. He arrives and sees himself live on the monitor, filmed from behind. What he sees doesn't match with his actual position, judging by a hand resting against a wall. See more »

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Dr. Bart Keppel: Well Lt.? Unless you think I can be of any further help, I think that, as you people say... That about wraps this up.
Lt. Columbo: I don't think she did it.
Dr. Bart Keppel: You are an incredibly stubborn man. After all the facts you've established, it's obvious that the projectionist and Mrs. Norris were in it together.
Lt. Columbo: I STILL don't think she did it.
Dr. Bart Keppel: In that case, I am DEEPLY grateful for one thing.
Lt. Columbo: And what is that, Doctor?
Dr. Bart Keppel: That you've established that White was killed between 7:30 and 8:00, because you and I have been ...
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very solid
13 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I usually watch Columbo for the guest villains/murderers, and this episode stars the arrogant Robert Culp, who's in my opinion second only to Jack Cassidy as far as great guest stars/killers go. Culp perfectly portrays Dr. Bart Kepple, a research specialist who's responsible for this new fangled gizmo called subliminal messaging, and he's a very proud and confident man. The method of the murder is quite original, yet very risky, but Culp makes any routine murder that much more interesting. Kepple naturally underestimates Columbo, and tries to outsmart him, even though Columbo is adept at playing dumb to the arrogant suspect. Speaking of dumb, that award goes to the film projectionist, who stupidly blackmails Kepple and practically asks to get himself killed, in which Kepple obliges. Lastly, the conclusion is better than many other episodes, as Columbo uses Kepple's technique against him.


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