Columbo: Season 7, Episode 1

Try and Catch Me (21 Nov. 1977)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 1,051 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 3 critic

A successful mystery writer suspects her niece's husband murdered her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (teleplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 302 titles
created 05 Mar 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 15 Nov 2013
 
a list of 126 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 203 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Try and Catch Me" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Try and Catch Me (21 Nov 1977)

Try and Catch Me (21 Nov 1977) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Columbo.
« Previous Episode | 40 of 68 Episodes | Next Episode »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
Abigail Mitchell
...
Veronica
...
Martin Hammond
Charles Frank ...
Edmund Galvin
Mary Jackson ...
Annie
Jerome Guardino ...
Marie Silva-Alexander ...
Dance Instructor
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

writer | nephew | safe | revenge | death | See All (52) »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 November 1977 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

After Abigail shuts Edmund in the safe, she does NOT turn the alarm back on. The next morning, Columbo's suspicions are aroused because the secretary said that the alarm was on and how could Edmund lock himself into the safe and turn on the alarm. See more »

Quotes

Martin Hammond: Abigail, you are the most exasperating woman I have ever met!
Abigail Mitchell: I accept all compliments.
See more »

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

This Old Man
(uncredited)
Traditional English children's marching song
First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Try and Catch this Episode "Try and Catch Me", A MUST!
10 June 2005 | by (Garner, NC) – See all my reviews

For Columbo fans, such as myself, this is the episode of episodes that made a case for why Columbo was so popular, and just how good it really was. Ruth Gordon has a field day (as ever) playing the wittily intelligent crime novelist Abigail Mitchell. Seems Abigail calls her nephew-in-law to sign some papers making him her heir. She never got over her niece's death, and is convinced her dead niece's husband (Charles Frank) did the dirty deed. To tell more would be unthinkable. Mariette Hartley has a sly role as Abigail's personal assistant. This episode of Columbo is in a class by itself. It's a truly well made television movie. I recommend it most highly.


28 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How come Columbo was allowed to smoke at the crime scene? Nexusfactor
Are the ABC reboot episodes (late '80s+) worth watching? Moon_Doggie
What actor/actress would you have liked to seen as the villain? KenClement
What about the hottest hunk to appear on Columbo pinwheel333
The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case: Riddle pgadesertfox
Please answer this question for me about Any Old Port Justice5
Discuss Try and Catch Me (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?