Columbo: Season 7, Episode 1

Try and Catch Me (21 Nov. 1977)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A successful mystery writer suspects her niece's husband murdered her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.

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An aging but successful and wealthy crime fiction writer blames the death of her niece on the girl's husband. One night she invites him up to the house to sign their wills before getting him to leave and return within a few minutes so she can spring a trap (locking him in her soundproof safe). Detective Columbo arrives and suspects the writer of murder but clues are few and far between. Written by Scott Dawson <sdawson@easynet.co.uk>

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Ruth Gordon was (and still is) the oldest star ever to play the murderer in "Columbo", at age 81 at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) During Columbo and Abigail Mitchell's meeting at the dock, Columbo bends down to unhook Dog's leash while Dog is facing the ocean. When the shot changes, Dog is suddenly facing the opposite direction. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: [to his dog] Okay. Now, don't go away. Stay.
[Dog runs off]
Lt. Columbo: He's trained.
Abigail Mitchell: Amazing.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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This Old Man
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Traditional English children's marching song
[First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano. Later he whistles it.]
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My favorite Columbo ever! Ruth Gordon is a gem.
29 January 2003 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Ruth Gordon is one of my favorite actresses, and this was one of the best Columbo episodes ever. The cat and mouse game she plays with Peter Falk, as essentially two detectives (one an author writing detective stories) try to outdo each other is intriguing. This one is worth adding to your tape library.


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