Columbo (1971–2003)
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Blueprint for Murder 

Elliot Markham, a brilliant architect and con-man, murders a Texas millionaire and hides his body in order to keep his visionary construction project financed.


Peter Falk


Steven Bochco (teleplay by), William Kelley (story by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Patrick O'Neal ... Elliot Markham
Janis Paige ... Goldie Williamson
Pamela Austin ... Jennifer Williamson
John Fiedler ... Doctor
Forrest Tucker ... Bo Williamson
Bettye Ackerman ... Miss Sherman
John Finnegan ... Carl
Nick Dennis ... Guard
Robert Gibbons Robert Gibbons ... Clerk
Cliff Carnell ... Officer Wilson
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Workman


Millionaire Bo Williamson returns from two months in Europe and finds an unpleasant surprise: his second wife, Jennifer, has financed a new town construction project. Incensed, Bo confronts Elliot Markham, the architect with the original idea. Shortly thereafter, Bo disappears again, and it looks as if he's off on another European trip, but his first wife, Goldie, doesn't think so and - despite the lack of a body - gets Lt. Columbo to look into it for her. It doesn't take the detective long to sense something is indeed amiss, but where's the corpse? Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Release Date:

9 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Denkmal für die Ewigkeit See more »

Filming Locations:

Hidden Valley, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only Columbo episode directed by Peter Falk. See more »


Goldie asks Columbo to turn around while she puts on her robe. As Goldie ties her belt, we clearly see the belt go across her back, and around her waist. Moments later, and for the rest of the scene, Goldie's belt is no longer around her waist, it is just tied at the front. See more »


Columbo: Carnegie Hall and Nashville - they don't mix.
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Not bad but seen better
26 October 2016 | by wesperkinsSee all my reviews

I love Coiumbo, but for some reason I didn't get into this episode. I did enjoy the interaction between Columbo and the villain, but Columbo seemed a little off from his usual self. I can't put my finger on it but I also read this was an early episode and maybe his character hadn't developed as much into the Columbo I am used to. He seemed more matter of fact than he did in other episodes. I don't think he asked "one more question" enough for me ha ha.

It wasn't bad by any means, but having watched about 7 in a row, this was my least favorite of the ones I watched. Not bad, but compared to some of the better episodes I have seen it doesn't stand up to those. I happened to have watched the 4 highest rated episodes so I am comparing it to those, which may not be fair. But it's just not in their class.

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