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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English | Japanese

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?


This is one of the very few episodes where viewers do not see the murder being committed. See more »


Just after Markham kills Williamson he drives straight over to his ranch where it is clearly sometime during the day as you can see the sun shining and it reflects of the windscreen as he's driving down williamson's driveway towards his ranch but as soon as he let's himself into the ranch it's night time and still night time when he leaves about 5 minutes later. See more »


Bo Williamson: [to Markham] Lemme tell you, nobody throws a lasso around my money without my consent, and that includes my wife, and you had better believe it!
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A satisfactory Columbo!
26 June 2002 | by SylSee all my reviews

I can watch Columbo reruns all day. I find Peter Falk's portrayal as Columbo to be one of the best acts on television. There is a tremendous appeal to his character. He is fascinated by the littlest things and he knows who has done it. I wish all homicide detectives are like Columbo. In this one, a wealthy older man is killed to stop the Williamson City project of a small town. His two wives interact with each other more like friends than rivals. It is refreshing to see it happen on television during that time. Goldie, the first wife, still has a complicated relationship with a former husband of 20+ years. "We've been married for 22 years. We had no children. We got to know each other quite well" she tells Columbo. As a Columbo fan, I enjoy all the old episodes but I still watch the new ones. Anyhow, this should satisfy any Columbo fan.

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