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
The reception room at Dr. Flemming's office features a distinctive painting, of trees and white houses with red roofs, which is prominent in several scenes. This same painting later appears in Columbo: Suitable for Framing (1971), as part of the art collection sliced and stolen by Dale Kingston. See more »
When Dr Flemming and Joan Hudson leave his apartment for the airport, the telephone receiver is on the cocktail bar. When Dr Flemming returns to what is now a crime scene, and therefore nothing should have been moved, the telephone has moved to a table in the middle of the room. See more »
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 »
"The pilot episode for the long running series stands as one of the best."
A shabby detective called Columbo sets out to prove that a smooth talking doctor murdered his wife for his younger mistress.
The pilot episode for the long running series which began four years later. This probably stands as one of the best with good performances and a neat twist ending which many subsequent episodes lacked.
The film is based on Richard Levison & William Link's Broadway show which starred Thomas Mitchell as Columbo.
Prescription Murder has been released on video in the UK paired with the Dead Weight episode.
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