Columbo: Season 13, Episode 3

Ashes to Ashes (8 Oct. 1998)

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After a much maligned Hollywood gossip columnist is murdered by her former lover, Columbo tries to find a way to prove he was responsible for the crime.

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Hollywood gossip reporter, Verity Chandler is planning her next expose. Which is to reveal how famed mortician, Eric Prince built his empire. When she reveals to Prince her plans he kills her. He then places her in the casket of a man scheduled to be cremated. And cremates her. He then goes to her house and changes the story she was working on to make it seem someone else wanted to get her. When no one hears from her, the police are called in and Lt. Columbo is on the job. Eentually he learns that she went to a funeral at Prince's and talks to him. And he finds his behavior odd. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Peter Falk and Patrick McGoohan collaborated on six "Columbo" movie of the week projects from 1974's "By Dawn's Early Light" (as an actor-Col. C. Rumord); 1975, "Identity Crisis" (as an actor-Nelson Breener, and as the Director); 1976, "Last Salute To The Commodore" (as the Director); 1990, "Agenda For Murder" (as an actor-Oscar Finch, and as the Director); 1998, "Ashes to Ashes" (as an actor-Eric Prince, as the Director, writer of the tele-play, Co-Executive Producer); 2000, "Murder With Too Many Notes" (Director, Writer, Co-Executive Producer). Patrick McGoohan previously was awarded an EMMY for his "Columbo" performance. Peter asked Patrick to return for this 1998 "Columbo - Ashes to Ashes" as the featured star role; rewriting the script (tele-play) and to direct the film. Their previous professional working association had been very creative and productive in their projects development. Falk was comfortable with this alliance because he relied upon McGoohan's creative and inventive scene motivation and performance development vastly improving production values. Incidentally, the 2000 "Murder With Too Many Notes" brought the pair together again, which Falk had wanted McGoohan to star in as the featured role, as well Direct. Patrick felt the Network would not approve of his (McGoohan) repeating as the featured actor, which Peter Falk reluctantly agreed with Patrick. In preliminary production, Patrick had revised and had completely rewritten the entire "Ashes to Ashes" tele-play's script. The script featured a mortuary setting, including the director's counseling office, casket display selection room, chapel, embalming laboratory, and crematorium. See more »

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After Verity is struck with the first blow, we see her lying face up on the tiled floor. Mr. Prince then strikes her again with a mighty blow that would inevitably have had to move the body at least minimally. Yet the next shot of Verity is precisely the one we just saw, with the body positioned in the identical spot on the floor tiles and the angles of her body and head not having moved a millimeter. See more »

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Always has been a favorite of mine.
10 December 2008 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Don't really know why but out of all Columbo movies this is the one that always sticked most into my mind. I think this is mostly due to Patrick McGoohan's presence, who only a few years prior to this movie impressed with his role in "Braveheart" (how did he not won an Oscar for that?).

Like many Columbo movies before, this one got also directed by Patrick McGoohan, who also once again plays the killer of the movie. Most of the McGoohan Columbo movies are some really classy made ones, that are well directed and also better than the average Columbo movie entries. You can say that a McGoohan Columbo movie is always something special, even though not all are quite as good, such as for instance the failure "Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore". It wasn't the last movie McGoohan would direct for the Columbo series but it was the last Columbo movie he played in.

As a matter of fact this also as of yet is the last movie McGoohan has appeared in. He did some voice-work after this movie but he psychically hasn't appeared in a movie ever since. He's still alive and kicking though, so he might once pop up in a movie again, though I assume that he is enjoying his retirement. He always had some good interaction with Peter Falk within the Columbo movies, probably also due to the fact that they have been close friends for years. Peter Falk also must have felt at ease with McGoohan behind the cameras, who in return also gave Falk lots of room to play around. This really shows within this movie.

Besides Peter Falk and Patrick McGoohan, the movie also features the great Rue McClanahan, as the movie its victim. She plays a very typical role, which has become sort of her trademark, ever since her "The Golden Girls" role. It also features some other fine actors in supporting roles, such as Richard Riehle, Sally Kellerman and Edie McClurg.

It's a movie that sticks nicely to the usual familiar Columbo movie formula. It has a nice typical murder-mystery story, although Columbo murders never really have been a 'mystery', since we always know from the beginning on who got killed by who, how and why. The story by the way also partly got written by McGoohan, so this really is 'his' movie. It isn't the most fast going Columbo movie but it nevertheless always is a good and interesting to watch, since the story progresses nicely and the movie features some nice characters and actors that are portraying them.

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