Columbo (1971–2003)
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Negative Reaction 

A photographer murders his wife and blames her death on a bungled kidnapping. But Lt. Columbo has an even sharper eye than the Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Alvin Deschler
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Frances Galesko
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Ray
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Sgt. Hoffman
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Lorna McGrath (as Joanna Cameron)
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Thomas Dolan
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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

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15 October 1974 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

When Columbo is explaining to his Captain that it would be unusual for somebody to use cabs rather higher a car he begins to ad-lib a little too much and the stern faced Captain struggles to contain his laughter. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Columbo: You see this newspaper? This is the same edition of the newspaper that the letters and words for the ransom note were cut out of. I'm trying to reconstruct that note.
Paul Galesko: You need any help with your spelling, lieutenant?
Lt. Columbo: I'll tell you what the problem is. We found this newspaper in the motel room. It was sprawled over a chair. It was left there, even though the maid said that she cleaned up the room.
Paul Galesko: Yes, I told you. She probably lied.
Lt. Columbo: That's the problem, sir. You see this terrible mess I'm making?...
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There's something eerie from the opening scene ...
12 July 2002 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've seen many Columbo movies; Negative Reaction is exceptional. There's something eerie from the opening scene where Paul Galesko's [superbly played by Dick Van Dyke] wife Frances is heard through the darkroom door. Nagging, haunting.

The movie was made in 1974 with all the attitudes and charm of that period. Luckily, I taped this movie and will watch it many times to fully enjoy the actors. Dick Van Dyke is at his wits' ends once Colombo gets finished with him. That's what is so enjoyable about this fine movie.

The ending scene where Colombo sits on a desk is flawless. Of course I'm an extreme Colombo fan, but this movie reminded me somewhat of Dial M For Murder, although the plot and characters are totally and absolutely different. If there are other Colombo fans out there who have seen this particular movie, please feel free to contact me to discuss it.


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