Columbo: Season 7, Episode 1

Try and Catch Me (21 Nov. 1977)

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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 her nephew for the death of her niece. One night she invites her nephew up to the house to sign their wills and then gets to leave and return within a few minutes so she can set up her trap, which is locking him in a sound proof 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 »

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After Edmund returns the cash box to the safe, Abigail slithers up to the door and exerts force to start closing it, but abruptly stops when she hears the lawyer entering the room. How could she be trying to lock Edmund in before he signed the will, which was to be the proof that she loved him and could not have killed him, and for which the lawyer had just arrived? See more »

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Lt. Columbo: [Referring to an old chair] Can I sit in this?
Abigail Mitchell: Well, that's what it was made for 400 years ago.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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A must catch!
29 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Try and Catch Me has to be one of my all-time favourite episodes of the Columbo series, of which I am a big fan of. The production values are as slick as ever, and the music is outstandingly composed and atmospheric. Try and Catch Me also has one of the wittiest Columbo scripts, and one of the most original and completely diverting(apart from a tad pedestrian first 10 minutes) story lines. Peter Falk once again embodies Columbo, and Mariette Hartley is appropriately sly, but other than the delicious writing Try and Catch Me is memorable for the unforgettable performance of Ruth Gordon, who looks as though she is having the time of her life, whether with Columbo or not. As much as I loved the performances of Susan Clark(Lady in Waiting) and Janet Leigh(Forgotten Lady), enjoyed the episodes and found their characters interesting, Gordon for me was the best guest villain actress on Columbo, she really is that good. Overall, a must catch, one of the best of the series, and certainly a favourite of mine. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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