Columbo: Season 6, Episode 2

Old Fashioned Murder (28 Nov. 1976)

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The spinster head of a family run museum murders her brother when he threatens to dissolve the financially strapped institution.



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Episode cast overview:
Ruth Lytton
Janie Brandt
Edward Lytton
Mrs. Brandt
Peter S. Feibleman ...
Milton Shaeffer
Jon Miller ...
Sgt. Miller
Jess Osuna ...
Dr. Tim Shaeffer
Anthony Holland ...
Lucy Saroyan ...
Gary Krawford ...
Watch Salesman
Eloise Hardt ...
2nd Detective
Giles Douglas ...


The Lytton family owns a museum. Ruth and Edward have devoted their life to the museum but things are not going well. So Edward has decided to sell it. Ruth doesn't agree and plans otherwise. She has a niece, Janie, whom she loves more than her mother does, and has hired Milton Schaffer, a petty thief who is the brother of her niece's lover. What scheme is in her mind? Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Did You Know?


The mansion that the Lyttons live in is the same one that Bruce Wayne lived in on the Batman TV series. See more »


When Columbo talks to Joyce in the museum he is filmed from behind and from the front, drinking tea. The shots from behind show him moving his right hand and scratching his face, the shots from the front show him holding a cup of tea. See more »


Mrs. Brandt: I'll have you disbarred for this. Whatever the Hell that word is.
Columbo: Yes ma'm, "fired" I think is the word you want.
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This Old Man
English folk children's counting song.
Whistled by Peter Falk
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Second-rate "Columbo"
26 June 2012 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

I generally love "Columbo," but this is nowhere near the best. Joyce Van Patton is a prim and proper and old-fashioned villain, but she lacks excitement, and so does the show. No one wants to watch a boring villain. (I think of something Alfred Hitchcock once said: The better the villain, the better the movie.) There's an overall aura of blandness to the show. Celeste Holm and Jeannie Berlin add a bit of juice, but not much.

Also: I don't have a clue why the killer tries to pin the job on the particular person she does. And I could rattle off some plot holes that would qualify as "spoilers," so I won't.

"Columbo" fans will want to see it, but they'll likely be disappointed.

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