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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Abigail Mitchell
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Mary Jackson ...
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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 »

Goofs

When Abigail slams the safe door on Edmund for him to slowly suffocate (a rather nifty substitute for the gas chamber, which California wasn't using at the time), she pushes on the door with all her might so that the lock will jump from the impact. The lock DOES jump in the next shot, less than a second later, but neither Abigail nor even her shadow are in the picture. When the camera cuts to Abigail walking away from the safe, she is already several steps away, a process that would have taken far longer than the time allotted it. See more »

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Abigail Mitchell: Just think, Lieutenant, if you'd had investigated my niece's death, none of this need have happened.
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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.
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The music (Pat Williams) was outstanding in this episode.
17 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Ruth Gordon at her best. This episode is my favorite of the whole Columbo series. Peter Falk and Ruth Gordon worked so well together that they should both be inducted into the television hall of fame, regardless of the rest of their work. Even the music was outstanding in this episode.


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