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 »

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When Columbo is stacking the safe deposit boxes in the safe, there are four boxes for him to stack. He stacks the first two, then, when the camera cuts to a close up of his hands for the next box, he's stacking the fourth box, not the third. 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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Traditional English children's marching song
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One of the best
28 March 2001 | by (Isle of Wight, UK) – See all my reviews

I have a lot of time for all the Columbo films, but this one in particular was extremely well written, and the solution at the end very effective. However, my main memory of this one is the opening of a scene in the middle of the film, between Columbo and the murderer (I apologise if I've not remembered every detail of this exactly). It's the most striking image of Columbo I've seen: the view is from inside the darkness of the cupboard where the victim was murdered, and into the room beyond, which is lit up by daylight. Columbo is sitting in a high-backed armchair facing the doorway (and us), contemplating the cupboard, and almost in silhouette due to the contrast in light. There's no sound. The camera slowly moves out of the room and up towards him. He's deep in meditation, puffing gently on a cigar, swirls of smoke from the cigar circling slowly upwards as he thinks. Then the dialogue starts. Superb.


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