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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Martin Hammond: Abigail, you are the most exasperating woman I have ever met!
Abigail Mitchell: I accept all compliments.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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This Old Man
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First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano.
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Simply one of the best Columbos
22 April 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

A top notch Columbo from beginning to end. I particularly like the interaction between Columbo and the killer, Ruth Gordon.

As an avid Columbo fan, I can't recall another one in which he doesn't set up the killer at the end as he does in other episodes. In this one, as he's trying to determine the correct sequence of the boxes and the "message" that the nephew left behind, it finally dawns on him.

The music in this episode is very good as well, as it is in many of other ones.


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