Paul Galesko is a famous photographer married to Frances, a nagging woman and a grumbler. Paul is moreover in love with his assistant, Lorna, so he decides to stage a fatal abduction of his wife. Everything seems to go very well to Paul, and the police accept his version of the events, but Lt. Columbo has some doubt. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
At the time of original broadcast, Dick Van Dyke was the spokesman for Kodak Instamatic (110 size film) cameras in a series of TV and print ads. See more »
When Sgt. Hoffman hands the ransom note and photo to Columbo, he tells him to be careful as the labs boys haven't examined it yet. At which point Columbo handles them with his bare hands and even pushing his finger on the photo to point something out. See more »
[Lt. Columbo is giving driving instructor Mr. Weekly a lift in his car when Mr. Weekly insists he pull over]
Lieutenant Columbo, I'm sure you have a driver's license. It may even have been issued in this state. It may even be valid. But all of these things not withstanding, I'm sure you'll understand why I'm electing to walk the rest of the way.
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Ranks in my top 5 Columbo episodes. Van Dyke plays against type as slimy murderer and the scene with Falk picking up Drivers Test examiner Storch is the funniest of the series. Columbo trips up Van Dyke as he often does his suspects however with a more believable trap than usual.
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