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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Did You Know?
Originally written as a Broadway play, the production was out of town bound for Broadway in 1962 when Thomas Mitchell
(who was playing Columbo) died. The production closed and the script was later reworked for television. This film, which established Peter Falk
as the definitive Lt. Columbo, was adapted from the 1962 play by the same authors. The play in turn had been adapted from The Chevy Mystery Show: Enough Rope
(1960), in which Bert Freed
originated the role of Columbo. See more
The outline of Carol Flemming's 'body' is on the floor, but since she survived the attack and died later in the hospital, (unless that was a ruse to trip-up the suspect) there would not have been a reason to mark off where the first responders found her, since injured people are removed and transported quickly to save their lives, and not subject to being traced before they are moved. Additionally, the location of the tape was not a match to where she was initially on the floor. See more
Dr. Ray Flemming
What about this hypothetical murderer?
Well, I'm not talking about your average hothead, you know, the guy who pops somebody over the noggin with a bottle. What I mean is, uh, the kind of man that, uh, figures everything out in advance, who takes everything step by step. What do you know about that kind of man, Doctor?
Dr. Ray Flemming
I should charge you for this, but since it's on a theoretical basis, let's just call it a free consultation. All right. We are talking about a man who commits a crime, not the ...
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