An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Columbo this time tries to tackle a murderer who has one of the highest IQs in the world. The victim is a business partner who threatened to expose the killer for stealing money from his clients. The murderer uses all his intelligence to plan the perfect murder. Written by
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The portrait of Mrs. Melville, the fictional detective of the Franklin and Ferris mystery novels, prominently featured in Columbo: Murder by the Book, makes a cameo appearance on the back wall of the meeting room at the Sigma Society club. See more »
When the murderer demonstrates for Columbo how the dictionary is made to fall by causing a Magic Marker to be knocked onto it by the record-player, and overbalance the dictionary, you can see the dictionary begin to fall before the Magic Marker lands on it. See more »
I was an imitation adult, because that's what was expected of me. Most people don't like smart people. Most children despise smart children. So, early on, I had to hide my so-called gift... painful, lonely years.
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"Boo hoo, you've got me crying for you"
Written by Mal Hallet
Heard over the End Credits See more »
Columbo is investigating a murder surrounded by geniuses with there own theories.
Pay close attention to the ending in which the climax is as well orchestrated as the musical score it is surrounded in.
To top it off Mr. Bikel utters one of the best anti-climactic lines in film. After his much younger wife calls him immediately after his confession feeling needy for her oft rejected husband she tells him to come home "I need you." To which he replies "Alas my dear. I won't be needing you." Great acting, great direction, great fun!
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