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"Columbo" Double Exposure (1973)

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16 December 1973 (Season 3, Episode 4)
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A self-styled "motivation research specialist" uses subliminal cues to commit a murder. Lt. Columbo is on the case. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Peter Falk ... Columbo

Robert Culp ... Dr. Bart Keppel
Robert Middleton ... Vic Norris

Chuck McCann ... Roger White
Louise Latham ... Mrs. Norris

Arlene Martel ... Tanya (credit only) (as Arlene Martell)
Danny Goldman ... Press photographer
John Milford ... 1st Detective

George Wyner ... Film Editor
Richard Stahl ... Ballistics Man
Francis De Sales ... Patterson (as Francis DeSales)

Alma Beltran ... Housekeeper
Dennis Robertson ... Detective Marley
Harry Hickox ... 2nd Detective
Ann Driscoll ... Mrs. Halstead
E.A. Sirianni ... Norbert (as E. A. Sirianni)
Manuel DePina ... 1st Detective
Thomas Bellin ... Technician
Peter Walker ... Narrator
Mary Beth Sikorski ... Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Lally ... Parking Lot Guard (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (written by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Edward K. Dodds .... associate producer
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Roland Kibbee .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis  (as Dick De Benedictis)
 
Cinematography by
William Cronjager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald LaVine 
 
Art Direction by
John W. Corso 
 
Set Decoration by
Bill McLaughlin (set decorations) (as William McLaughlin)
 
Production Management
Brad H. Aronson .... unit manager (as Brad Aronson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Cook .... assistant director (as Phillip Cook)
 
Sound Department
Wallace R. Bearden .... sound (as Wallace Bearden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
 
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Runtime:
70 min | USA:76 min (dvd release)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied)

Did You Know?

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 (#7.4)" (1978).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Although the plot turns on the effectiveness of subliminal cuts in films and Keppel mentions that the FCC had banned such cuts, the use of such subliminal advertising has never been proved to be effective and no such ban was made.See more »
Quotes:
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 together constantly since 7:30. Starting in the cutting room, and ending, I hope, Now. Otherwise... I'm positive you would still be accusing me.
Lt. Columbo:Oh Doctor, I never accused you of anything.
Dr. Bart Keppel:Heh... I'll ignore that. Because I'm convinced that my only REAL protection in this matter, is the fact that you, personally, are my alibi.
Lt. Columbo:And that's a tough nut to crack.
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Sublime entry in the TV series!!, 24 June 2003
Author: The Welsh Raging Bull (leighton.phillips@sihe.ac.uk) from Port Talbot, South Wales, UK

A Season 3 Columbo episode that is particularly underestimated for its engrossing qualities, which are facilitated by a very tightly-structured plot and script with very few secondary characters, brisk pacing and an enormous amount of screen time between Columbo and villain.

Robert Culp makes his third and final appearance as a Columbo villain, playing a motivational research specialist whose blackmailing scheme, involving his potential (married) business clients and a model he is using for the advertising campaigns, is threatened to be exposed by one of his clients...

Quite possibly this is Culp's best performance of the three; remarkably calm, assured and purposeful throughout despite the increasingly intrusive nature of Columbo's questioning. There are some great scenes between the two in a supermarket and (even better) on a golf course.

The quality of the episode is all the more remarkable given the moderate quantity of circumstantial clues, yet the basic murder set-up is really quite ingenious, particularly as the murderer is able to hide the murder weapon in a very clever and almost foolproof manner. This accentuates the lack of predictability in this story as Columbo has to be really smart to uncover the truth: the finale is superbly ironical and the elements of smartness possessed so markedly by the villain in the preceding sequences are wonderfully transferred to the dogged and ultra-persistent hero.

Addicts may also note that Columbo mentions the "Hayward case" early on in this story, which interestingly refers to the previous episode entitled "Candidate for Crime."

An undoubtedly solid episode, which is precise in its intentions and very competent in its delivery.

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Goof? hipdadiddy
Any real subliminal cuts in this episode? scfc
Motive? tom_m_riddle2003
That wild sales movie?! paul-welty
it must have been the ones around the lamp.... ochinero
the double-breasted Robert Culp old_tv_guy
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