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



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


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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16 December 1973 (USA)  »

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'Chuck Mccann (I)', who plays Keppler's projectionist, played the title role in the 1971 movie, The Projectionist (1971). See more »


When Columbo first arrives on the scene, another detective informs him there are only two possible entry points for the murderer: the front door or the service entrance in the rear. Two scenes later, a different detective is talking to Dr. Kepple and tells him that this is a big building, there are dozens of ways for the killer to have gotten in. See more »


Lt. Columbo: I had an uncle who made a killing in real estate up in San Dimas.
Roger White: Do tell.
Lt. Columbo: You know what this guy did before he started sellin' dirt?
Roger White: Mm-mm.
Lt. Columbo: Drove a school bus.
Roger White: Wow.
Lt. Columbo: Now he's got a ranch, a couple of Cadillacs, sends out embossed Christmas cards.
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References High Plains Drifter (1973) See more »

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Short and snappy
31 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DOUBLE EXPOSURE is another strong contender for the early series of COLUMBO. Clocking in at just over an hour in length, it features a delightful guest star villain in the form of series regular Robert Culp, playing a man who makes a living from inserting subliminal messages into his advertising films. Guess how he kills his victim in this one?

Culp plays an exceptionally slick character and alternates between friendliness and snottiness in his dealings with Columbo. The early murder sequence is executed very professionally and Columbo is on top form in the way he takes little clues and runs away with them. Chuck McCann has a nice supporting role as a friendly projectionist who shows Columbo his 'nickel trick'. As is the usual for this stage of the show, DOUBLE EXPOSURE has strong production values and the episode is complemented by Peter Falk's effortless charm.

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