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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Episode complete credited cast:
Abigail Mitchell
Martin Hammond
Charles Frank ...
Edmund Galvin
Mary Jackson ...
Jerome Guardino ...
Marie Silva-Alexander ...
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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 <>

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21 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


(at around 1 min) During Columbo and Abigail Mitchell's meeting at the dock, Columbo bends down to unhook Dog's leash while Dog is facing the ocean. When the shot changes, Dog is suddenly facing the opposite direction. See more »


Abigail Mitchell: I'm beginning to be very fond of you, Lieutenant. I think you're a very kind man.
Lt. Columbo: Don't count on that, Miss Mitchell. Don't count on it.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
[First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano. Later he whistles it.]
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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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