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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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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Abigail Mitchell: I have to help Lieutenant Columbo.
Lt. Columbo: [mocking] 'I have to help Lieutenant Columbo'. I wish my wife could hear you say that.
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simply fabulous, that's all
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Imagine regular old network television with a guest star of Ruth Gordon's stature - only on Columbo. Gordon plays a successful author who attempts to outsmart Columbo. You can already guess what happens. Falk and Gordon are great together. Mariette Hartley plays Gordon's secretary. Gordon does a wonderful star turn in this - she's a conniver, all right, but she's one who never fully recovered from a great tragedy in her life. You really side with her.

I've often wondered, as a major Columbo fan, what really happens to some of these characters when they go to trial. Do the charges stick? I think in the case of Ruth Gordon - she walks.


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