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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This is the first of two pilot movies made before Columbo became part of the Mystery Movie wheel that played on NBC for most of the 1970s. See more
The reception room at Dr. Fleming'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
, as part of the art collection sliced and stolen by Dale Kingston. In its return appearance, this painting mends itself and returns to the wall, after it was vandalized and removed. See more
You know my sister, she has a living room that's very, very modern. But the minute you sit down in it, you can't open your mouth. You know, she's got this big kidney-shaped coffee table, it upsets me just to look at it. Her husband doesn't say anything and I figure the coffee table got to him years ago.
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
Spun-off from The Chevy Mystery Show