A psychiatrist who is married, is having an affair. His wife threatens to divorce him and take him to the cleaners if she ever catches him. So along with his mistress he plans to kill her and make it seem like she was killed by an intruder. He goes out of town as part of his plan and returns to find the police there investigating and the man investigating is Lt. Columbo. Columbo is a little odd and he asks the man some questions that he finds intrusive. Columbo continues to question him and the man's friend an ADA warns Columbo to watch his step. But Columbo goes on.
The pilot episode of television's most popular detective.
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Although Peter Falk has top billing, he doesn't make his first appearance as Columbo until 30 minutes into the TV movie. See more
When Columbo and Dr. Flemming are having drinks in the doctor's office, Columbo's hair and sideburns change shape and length from short and straight to thicker and curly and back to short indicating a haircut had been had between filming days. See more
But one thing bothers me, Doctor. This man that we're talking about has taken a human life. Now wouldn't you say that he was insane?
Dr. Ray Flemming
Why? Because he committed an immoral act? Morals are conditioned, Lieutenant. They're relative, like everything else is today. Our murderer may be as sane as you and me. Killing may be repugnant to him, but if it's his only solution, he uses it. That pragmatism, my friend, not insanity.
Tell me, Doctor, how do you catch a man like that?
Dr. Ray Flemming
You're probably ...
The beginning credits feature a series of brightly colored animated splotches. The splotches were meant to resemble the ink blots used in a Rorschach test, as the villain in this movie was a psychiatrist. See more