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Prescription: Murder (1968)

A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

Director:

Richard Irving

Writers:

Richard Levinson (teleplay), William Link (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Lt. Columbo
Gene Barry ... Dr. Ray Flemming
Katherine Justice ... Joan Hudson
William Windom ... Burt Gordon
Nina Foch ... Carol Flemming
Virginia Gregg ... Miss Petrie
Andrea King ... Cynthia Gordon
Susanne Benton ... The Blonde
Ena Hartman Ena Hartman ... Nurse
Sherry Boucher Sherry Boucher ... Air Hostess
Anthony James ... Tommy
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Storyline

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. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The perfect crime had one flaw. See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prescription: Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Columbo establishes two of his most famous trademarks by needing to borrow a pencil and, just before leaving the psychiatrist's office, by saying, "There's one more thing..." See more »

Goofs

At 58 minutes Columbo is recording the interview. The reels of the tape recorder are running, but there is no microphone connected to the machine or even on the table. See more »

Quotes

Joan Hudson: I had to see you. When I'm alone, I don't know, I... I get confused.
Dr. Ray Flemming: Second thoughts?
Joan Hudson: A few.
Dr. Ray Flemming: It's a natural reaction, under the circumstances.
Joan Hudson: I keep wishin' there were some other way.
Dr. Ray Flemming: There isn't.
Joan Hudson: But, if you talked to her... if I talked to her...
Dr. Ray Flemming: Joan, don't be naive. We have one alternative. We decided that a long time ago.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Follows The Chevy Mystery Show: Enough Rope (1960) See more »

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original Columbo pilot film--a must-see for fans
22 September 2004 | by django-1See all my reviews

Now that the original 1967 pilot film for the Columbo character, PRESCRIPTION:MURDER (based on Levinson and Link's play), is available as part of the new Columbo DVD set, I hope that many more Columbo fans will be able to see the original interpretation of the character. I had never seen this before, and I was quite impressed. About 85% of the elements that comprised the Columbo "formula" are there, but Mr. Falk's hair is shorter and neater, the overcoat is not rumpled (as much), and Columbo is a bit more aggressive than we are used to based on the later shows. It took a second pilot film three years later for Columbo to get picked up as a series, but the magic was there in 1967 for this film. Don't miss it. Gene Barry is a fine sparring partner for Peter Falk, and no fan will be disappointed.


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