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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) (verified as complete)

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:
Mickey Golden ... Bart Keppel's Caddy (uncredited)
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
Henry Mancini .... composer: Mystery Movie theme
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Columbo alludes to "Columbo: Candidate for Crime (#3.3)" (1973) in both of the episodes that immediately followed it in the original broadcast schedule. In Double Exposure, Columbo says that he has been "working late on the Hayward case." There can be little doubt that Columbo means Nelson Hayward, the politician who murders his campaign manager in "Candidate For Crime", because "Double Exposure" was the next episode after "Candidate For Crime". This is an unusual acknowledgment that Columbo must handle multiple cases at the same time. Then in the next episode, "Columbo: Publish or Perish (#3.5)" (1974), Columbo tells killer Riley Greenleaf (Jack Cassidy) that he wants to write a book about his experiences as a policeman. As an example of his potential book material, Columbo describes the plot of "Candidate For Crime". Greenleaf responds, "Lieutenant, very frankly, I don't give a damn about your Senator or your story."See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Lt. Columbo:Dr. Keppel?
Dr. Bart Keppel:[growns] Ohh... Lieutenant, what is it?
Lt. Columbo:May I speak to you privately?
Dr. Bart Keppel:[sighs; to his narrator] Charles, why don't you watch the film. We'll talk afterwards.
Dr. Bart Keppel:[to the projectionist] Go ahead and run.
Dr. Bart Keppel:[finally to the lieutenant] Columbo, what do you want?
Lt. Columbo:I'm sorry to disturb you, Doctor. I have sad news. Mr. White, your projectionist, he was just shot.
Dr. Bart Keppel:Is it... bad?
Lt. Columbo:Dead, sir.
Dr. Bart Keppel:Uhhhh... I would be very interested to know if there is any connection between that and the Norris murder. Would you keep me informed?
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References High Plains Drifter (1973)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
One of the most interesting Columbo episodes, 13 March 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I don't put Double Exposure up there with the very best of the Columbo episodes, but it is one of the better and more interesting ones. While the episode does start off a tad slow, where Double Exposure interests most is in the subliminal images/cues which are very well-done.

Visually, once again Double Exposure looks great with fine photography, lighting, costumes and locations, and the music both adds to the atmosphere and fits well with the 1970s period. The story has very rare a dull moment, has some great interaction between Falk and Culp, has some decent clues and a well thought-out ending where Culp's character is at his most interesting, while the script has its funny and thoughtful moments as one would expect.

The cast do very well and are helped by some good direction. Peter Falk is stellar as always, and Robert Culp is also rock-solid and delightfully snotty. Overall, very interesting, well thought-out and beautifully played. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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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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