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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.

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Richard Irving

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Richard Levinson (teleplay), William Link (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... Air Hostess
Anthony James ... Tommy
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Lt. Columbo noted that when Dr. Flemming enters the apartment, he doesn't call out to his wife. This causes Lt. Columbo to be suspicious of the doctor.

Yet, earlier, when Dr. Flemming returns to his apartment after visiting Ms. Hudson , and he knows his wife is home, he does not call out for her. He is being consistent with his character's attitude towards his wife. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ray Flemming: You're an intelligent man, Columbo, but you hide it.
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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

Referenced in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971) See more »

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"The pilot episode for the long running series stands as one of the best."
19 October 2003 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

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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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 »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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