With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
When you first saw him, Lt. Columbo, looked like a bum that just came off the street. He had a bumbling demeanor, was overly polite and seemed to chomp on the same short cigar on a daily basis. However, beneath all that comical exterior was probably the most dogged investigator on the Los Angeles Police Department. Columbo was often called on to investigate high profile murders that involved the rich and famous. The culprits were often amused by him and just as they thought they were going to get away with murder, Columbo would find a way trap them or find enough evidence to make them confess. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
I recently viewed the complete series DVD set, and was happy with it, since most of it stands up, and Columbo himself is such an original character, played perfectly by the late Peter Falk. "Just one more thing" became his trademark phrase, but it masks an ingenious mind that is not fooled by the brilliant plans that the various wealthy/famous suspects devise over the decades.
I always wondered why Columbo remained a Lt. for his whole career, since a man with his arrest record would be quickly promoted in the force. It may have been politics, or perhaps he was content being a Lt., and didn't want to be stuck behind a desk.
Many famous actors guest starred as murderers, in particular Jack Cassidy, Robert Culp, and Patrick McGoohan, who appeared multiple times in different roles(a silly practice, but not uncommon, unless the actor tried to disguise himself, like McGoohan did.) 'Try and Catch Me', with Ruth Gordon as a sympathetic killer, was my favorite episode.
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