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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A charming episode of one of America's best detective programs!
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Columbo's star Peter Falk loves this character. He always takes him out of the closet in a manner of speaking. Peter Falk would be knighted if he was a British actor but since he is an American actor and icon, we'll take him the way he is. I remember watching this episode with Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan as the gossip columnist Verity Chandler. Of course, Patrick McGoohan has often been associated with Columbo whether he is directing, writing or starring. There is something addictive about Columbo. He doesn't dumb down the role or the characters. He learns just as well as we do. He is quite the detective. He always gets his man or woman and I just adore Columbo. He is always worth watching. He mixes humor and seriousness with the most serious crime of murder. His job might be murder but it sure is fun watching him get the man or woman to be caught. Even then, you kind of feel sorry for the criminal for his actions. It' the Columbo touch that you pity the criminal and love the detective.


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