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 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 Abigail and Edmund are signing their wills, Abigail holds Edmund's will open with her left hand, while Edmund's will overlaps Abigail's. When the scene changes to an overhead shot, Abigail is no longer holding open Edmund's will, and neither will overlaps the other. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: My car's right here. It's French. Very rare.
[Abigail looks at Columbo's car, dust-covered, front grill manged, and with license plate askew]
Abigail Mitchell: Uh, yes. Oh, I can see why.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Staggeringly Entertaining Made For TV Movie
3 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't waste time reading my review. Go out and see this astonishingly good episode, which may very well be the best Columbo ever written! Ruth Gordon is perfectly cast as the scheming yet charming mystery writer who murders her son-in-law to avenge his murder of her daughter. Columbo is his usual rumpled, befuddled and far-cleverer-than-he-seems self, and this particular installment features fantastic chemistry between Gordon and Falk. Ironically, this was not written by heralded creators Levinson or Link yet is possibly the densest, most thoroughly original and twist-laden Columbo plot ever. Utterly satisfying in nearly every department and overflowing with droll and witty dialogue and thinking. Truly unexpected and inventive climax tops all. 10/10...seek this one out on Netflix!


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