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"Columbo" Double Exposure (1973)

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Original Air Date:
16 December 1973 (Season 3, Episode 4)
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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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)

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
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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70 min | USA:76 min (dvd release)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied)

Did You Know?

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 »
Plot holes: When Columbo is riding in the golf cart with Dr. Keppel, there are no golf clubs on the cart and Dr. Keppel uses the same club for three consecutive shots, including one near the green - something no golfer would do.See more »
Dr. Bart Keppel:You stole something from me?
Lt. Columbo:Oh nothing major. Fact is, the night of the murder I was hungry, I saw some of your caviar, and I took the liberty of helping myself. Thought I should mention it.
Dr. Bart Keppel:Don't be silly. As long as you enjoyed it.
Lt. Columbo:That's just it. I didn't enjoy it. Too salty. And you know, I didn't notice when I was eating it. But when I went to the projection booth later on, I remember, I was a little thirsty. All of the sudden, I wanted something to drink. So he had some ice tea there. Thank goodness... Oh, that reminds me. Take a look.
Dr. Bart Keppel:Autopsy report.
Lt. Columbo:I thought if I took caviar and it made me thirsty, that maybe it would make him thirsty.
Dr. Bart Keppel:So you ordered an autopsy. That's very astute, Lt.
Lt. Columbo:Thank you very much, sir. It was the only way that I could find out whether or not Mr. Norris ate any caviar. According to this report, he did.
Dr. Bart Keppel:Mmmmhmmm. Yes.
Lt. Columbo:Quite a bit. Pretty big eater. Well Doctor...?
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Ever, 14 August 2005
Author: sunshineplays from United Kingdom

Most of the 1970s Columbos are excellent and "Double Exposure" is one of the very best. The motivational psychology angle works well and offers Columbo some intriguing research to do. The villain is played by Robert Culp and this is his third and last appearance in 1970s Columbo. (He would return as the father of a villain in a 1990s episode - "Columbo Goes To College".) Culp is a class act and he brings the right balance of arrogance and likable roguishness to the part. Falk clearly loves playing against Culp and as a result he raises his game giving one of his most grounded performances as the detective. The interaction between the two is a joy and look out for Columbo's "you can't win them all" line which is the climax to some verbal jousting between him and Culp. Overall, this would be in my top 5 Columbos of all time.

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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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