Columbo (1971–2003)
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A photographer murders his wife and blames her death on a bungled kidnapping. But Lt. Columbo has an even sharper eye than the Pulitzer Prize winner.


Alf Kjellin


Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Dick Van Dyke ... Paul Galesko
Don Gordon ... Alvin Deschler
Larry Storch ... Mr. Weekly
Antoinette Bower ... Frances Galesko
Joyce Van Patten ... Sister of Mercy
David Sheiner ... Ray
Michael Strong ... Sgt. Hoffman
JoAnna Cameron ... Lorna McGrath (as Joanna Cameron)
Vito Scotti ... Thomas Dolan
Alice Backes ... Mrs. Moyland
Harvey Gold ... Harry Lewis
Bill Zuckert ... Capt. Sampson
Adrian Ricard Adrian Ricard ... DMV Clerk
Thom Carney ... Manager


Paul Galesko is a famous photographer married to Frances, a nagging woman and a grumbler. Paul is moreover in love with his assistant, Lorna, so he decides to stage a fatal abduction of his wife. Everything seems to go very well to Paul, and the police accept his version of the events, but Lt. Columbo has some doubt. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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At the time of original broadcast, Dick Van Dyke was the spokesman for Kodak Instamatic (110 size film) cameras in a series of TV and print ads. See more »


As Galesko views the photos Columbo gave him from the funeral, he comes across the discarded photo of his wife tied up. From Galesko POV, the photo is pristine, no signs of it being crumpled. The view from behind the photo shows definite signs of crumpling. See more »


Captain Sampson: Columbo, why... why are you wasting your time with this?
Lt. Columbo: Because it bothers me, and I couldn't sleep, and, uh, I kept thinking about it!
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Featured in Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) See more »

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Probably the funniest of the Columbo series
21 May 2004 | by taurus-18See all my reviews

I adore this episode; it's a very interesting premise and it also has more humor than in usual Columbo episodes, and I love that! It's priceless when the nun mistakes Columbo for a homeless person - love the amusement on his face - and it's just hysterical how the driving examiner reacts to Columbo's driving style. Larry Storch was a hoot as the examiner! Dick Van Dyke made a very convincing villian, and it was smart of him to take this role. Probably opened the door for him to do more dramatic roles and not stay pegged as just a comic actor. Such a talented guy! I love the Columbo character - he's precious. What a legacy for Peter Falk, as everyone knows and loves his Columbo!!!

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Release Date:

15 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Momentaufnahme für die Ewigkeit See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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